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Backbiting

Thanks again for reading.

Thanks again for reading.

People think I have HIV, but I know I don’t have HIV. I’m only suffering from TB. According to their thinking, I must have HIV because I was totally weak. Because of this, I have been neglected by some friends and relatives.  I know what they say behind my back – she’s HIV positive. Now she is fatter and doing well, she must be on the drugs, that’s why she’s doing well.

When I’m with them, they don’t say anything - only when I’m not there do they start backbiting me seriously. Those that know my life well, and believe that I am not HIV positive, were not happy when they heard these things. They called me and said Grace, please, be frank with them because what these people are saying, we are not happy about it. I always tell them, let them think the way they think.

I cannot tell you a lie my friends, that is the most stigma I have faced up to now, but I have a strong heart.