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Living Life To The Fullest

HIV negative or positive: you are the same person

About 15-million South Africans test for HIV every year. Are you one of them?

Here are true stories:

Live a productive, healthy life

When antiretrovirals (ARVs) first became available in South Africa some 20 years ago, we were able to say to HIV-positive people: HIV is not a death sentence. Since then, research and knowledge about HIV has advanced.

Today, Right Care says to HIV-positive patients: if you stay on your treatment and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can live a normal and productive life.

Scientists and researchers are working on a HIV vaccine and a cure. In the meantime, Right to Care reminds you to:

Test for HIV

Start antiretroviral (ART) treatment if you test positive for HIV

Show up for your regular medical appointments

Take your treatment every day

Reduce your risk of getting infected

Live a healthy lifestyle

How we can help

Right to Care is ready to help you. We have a team of counsellors who will give you a respectful, free and confidential HIV test. This can be done in place that is comfortable for you either in your community or in your home. In some areas, we provide home testing kits that allow you to test in your own home, but with our support.

As well as HIV, we will also screen you for tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Like HIV, if diagnosed early, treatment is likely to be successful so you can live well.

If you need to go to the clinic, our counsellors will arrange your clinic visit so that you don’t have to wait in queues. You will be treated with care and respect.
We support you when you are on treatment. To speak to us, you can send a WhatsApp or ‘please call me’ to 079 851 2490.

Managing a chronic condition

Living with HIV is no different to living with any other chronic condition such as diabetes or hypertension. If you don’t look after yourself, then you will develop health complications.

What to do:

Take your medicine

go for routine checks up at your healthcare facility

eat healthy-

include fresh vegetables, meat or chicken without fat, beans and pulses, avoid sugar and processed foods, drink water rather than sugary drinks

exercise regularly

quit smoking

drink alcohol in moderation

use condoms during sex

Many people fear that their lives will change completely if they are diagnosed with HIV, but this is not so. The main adjustment to your daily life will be taking medication every day. We also recommend living healthily by:

eating healthy food

keeping fit

avoiding alcohol

In fact, this is how all of us should live anyway.


Many people fear that if they disclose their HIV status they will be rejected by friends and loved ones.
People often tell us that they are surprised when the opposite happens. When they tell their loved ones they are HIV-positive, they are offered care and support.

Think about yourself: if someone discloses to you that they are HIV-positive, will you reject or support them?

If you decide to support someone, then you can expect the same back.

If you decide to reject them, then you should try and understand why you carry fear and stigma in your heart.

The benefits of disclosing

It is your right to decide whether you want to disclose your HIV status or not, and who you disclose to.

However, keeping HIV a secret can delay your decision to start treatment and make it harder to take treatment every day. We find that the longer someone remains silent about their HIV status, the harder it becomes to tell others. Telling somebody will make it easier for you to accept your illness.

If you are in a sexual relationship with someone, it is very important to tell them. Then you can make informed decisions together about protecting yourselves.

Our professional counsellors are trained:

to help you disclose your HIV status and

to find the support and healthcare services you need

Talk to us

To speak to us, you can send a WhatsApp or ‘please call me’ to 079 851 2490.

You can also reach out to the Right to Care team on our social media platforms:

Community support

Right to Care also runs community dialogue sessions to bring people together to better understand the challenges they face in:

accessing healthcare

collecting their medicine
staying on treatment
These sessions give us information that help us help you tackle barriers and difficulties.

Friendly services, extended hours

Right to Care works closely with several regional departments of health in South Africa to encourage people to test, access treatment and stay on their treatment.
Some facilities have extended their opening hours during the week and are open for a few hours on weekends. This helps people who work and can’t go to facilities during working hours.
We also work with healthcare workers to make sure their services are friendly and sensitive to everyone’s needs.
Ask your healthcare worker about extended hours, and remember, you have a right to be tested and treated.

Adherence clubs

Right to Care supports healthcare facilities in setting up and running adherence clubs for people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) who are stable and well. They get together regularly to share their experiences of living with HIV and get pre-packed medication.

Adherence clubs are held at healthcare facilities or community venues. They are run by facilitators who:

conduct a quick clinical assessment of each patient

refer patients to a doctor when necessary

dispense pre-packed ART

Adherence clubs benefit:

Patients who connect with others who are also living with a lifelong disease

Healthcare facilities by taking patients who are well out of busy waiting areas

If you are well on your ART, ask your healthcare professional whether there is an adherence club in your area.

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Phone : +27 (0) 11 276-8850