Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Ntimbwe Mpamba was born HIV positive. At 34 years, he is the longest living person who was born with the virus in Africa and the second in the world.

He became an activist after he publicly disclosed his status in 2010 speaking to large numbers of people at various events, including churches and schools, spreading the awareness about the virus.

He is now a goodwill ambassador for the Aids Consortium and a peer educator for Unicef.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to Mpamba ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December about his life's journey and to commemorate the day.

When I was young, I was put on Vitamins and my mother would put them in sachets and says they are sweets.

Ntimbwe Mpamba, HIV activist

It was a secret kept from me my whole life...

Ntimbwe Mpamba, HIV activist

Mpamba only found out when he was 23 that he was HIV positive. His family kept the secret from him and only told him the truth when he turned 30.

I spent three quarters of my life in hospital ... I have met death more than 12 times ... I was a dead person walking.

Ntimbwe Mpamba, HIV activist

My mother has always emphasised that if something doesn't have a voice, it could never defeat me.

Ntimbwe Mpamba, HIV activist

I gave the virus a chance to take me down to the grave and it failed, now it is my chance to do what it failed to do.

Ntimbwe Mpamba, HIV activist

To hear more inspirational words from Mpamba, listen below:


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