HIV-positive mom warns against using muti

There are lessons from HIV on how to effectively respond to Covid-19 and beyond, says UNAIDS
Written by Asavela Dalana

Nomsa Nyali was diagnosed with HIV when she was 22 and pregnant. Her son is now 16 – she lives to encourage other HIV-positive people to be brave.

“I never get sick, I’m never admitted to a hospital. I am healthy and energetic. I don’t feel sorry for myself or ashamed of my status. I disclosure wherever I go to encourage other people out there who fear being testing,” said Nyali, who is from Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape.

She said she wants to give hope to those who are negative about being positive.

“I’m a proudly single woman who enjoys every moment of my life. I started medication in 2014 and my life completely changed.  My body changed, I am cute, plump and attractive. My meds have never failed me.”


She said praying, having fun, eating healthy, loving, accepting and respecting herself, and avoiding quarrelsome situations keep her going and fresh.

“To all the people living with HIV, be strong and be courageous, and don’t be ashamed of yourself. You are not sick. You are healthy, you have miles ahead of you to walk. Disclosure is one of the meds. With one disclosure you’ll heal millions. Never stop using your medication and don’t take traditional meds for the virus,” she added.

An edited version of this story was published by Health24.

About the author

Asavela Dalana

Asavela Dalana is our Eastern Cape based citizen journalist. When she is not writing stories for Health-e, Asa is working as a news anchor, scriptwriter and journalist at Inkonjane FM community radio station. Asa is passionate about achieving the highest optimal success in any organisation.