My name is *Busi and I am a 15-year-old patient at the Genesis Care Centre. I was born HIV positive. as both my parents were infected. I am in Grade 9 but couldn't finish due to my ill-health.
I was angry at my parents, angry at God and even angry at myself, but since coming here, I have managed to forgive everyone. My home situation is not good and I don't get good nutrition which I need because my CD4 count is low. in 2013 I was diagnosed with TB, and again in 2015.
When I came to Genesis I was worried about my schooling so I told my story to the counselor, who tried to help me continue my studies by calling the school principal. He agreed to supply me with schoolwork, but my family wasn't able to collect the work and bring it to me.
One of my challenges is that now I am in line 2 of the ARV programme and I need to fight to boost my immune system so that I can go back to line 1 treatment. I want to survive so that I can go back to school and be able to cope with my studies.
My other concern is my mom is sick at home because of the same problem. My dad is employed part-time and he is also not well I am praying to God to keep us well.
On the positive side-at least I am gaining weight slowly (I am putting on about 1 kg a week). Another positive note, is that my HIV status lead to my father revealing his own status.