Andile Madondile found out he was HIV positive in 2003 and has since been living openly and working with several advocacy groups in Cape Town.
He only sought medical assistance when his CD4 count was worryingly low and his viral load increased. He says one of the challenges in the fight against HIV/Aids is that men and young people in general do not seek medical treatment or come forward for testing early enough.
Madondile says he first disclosed his status to his mother but stigma continues to agonise communities across the country as a result of misinformation.
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There is still a lot to be done with HIV/Aids advocacy. I was called names when I disclosed my status and stigma remains a problem in many communities.— Andile Madondile, activist
Madondile hosts a show on HIV treatment literacy on a community radio station in Khayelitsha, and also works with health-related issues within other NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders.