“1986 - Fear, denial, shock, alone, frightened. You have AIDS and six months left to live.
“1988 – Stigma, discrimination, rejection. Decision to go public about HIV status.
“1991 – Empowered, supported, belonging, brave. From victim to victor. International conference for people with living HIV, London, UK.
“1995 – Pride, ambition, strong. Organised International Conference for People Living with HIV, Cape Town, South Africa. Mbeki believed that HIV caused AIDS.
“1996 – Hope, disbelief, emotion. Vancouver AIDS Conference. ARVs. We were going to live – at least some of us were.
“1997 – Anger, frustration. Denied entry into the US due to HIV status.
“2000 – South African pride, involved, relevant. Worked for the International AIDS Conference, Durban South Africa. Mbeki no longer believed that HIV causes AIDS. Treatment became a reality for most of us.
“2002 – Anger, frustration. Denied entry into Canada due to HIV status
“2006 – Connected, capacitated, questioning. Joined the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as Senior Advisor on Human Rights.
“2014 – Appreciation, gratitude, anger, frustration, hope. Alive. Challenges and inequities still to overcome; but a world without AIDS becomes a reality.”