The world observes AIDS Day on 1st December of every year. One of the deadliest diseases that has affected millions of people across the globe. However, an individual’s life doesn’t end once they are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Instead, with a positive attitude, one can firmly fight against the disease. It’s a battle where you have to fight bravely. Here’s a list that we came up with for you featuring celebrities who are fighting against HIV and never gave up on life but bounced back with courage.
- Zackie Achmat: The South African activist and film director has been living with HIV since 1990. He is a co-founder of the Treatment Action Campaign and known worldwide for his activism on behalf of people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa. He fought for access to treatment in South Africa and refused his treatment until it became accessible to everyone in the country.
- Charlie Sheen: In 2015, The Two and a Half Men star publicly disclosed that he is HIV positive in an interview with NBC's Today Show. This corresponded with the greatest number of HIV-related Google searches ever recorded in the United States.
- Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr: The retired professional basketball player is the most well-known sportsman to disclose his HIV status. Earvin has been living with this disease for approximately 25 years now and has committed himself to make people aware of the disease. Johnson takes a combo of drugs daily in order to prevent the HIV infection from progressing to AIDS.
- Edwin Cameron: The prominent South African of their Constitutional Court has been living with HIV since 1980's. Nelson Mandela called him as "one of South Africa's new heroes". He is well known for his HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activism and is often described as "the greatest legal mind of his generation" and "in a league of his own".
- Musa 'Queen' Njoko: Living with HIV/AIDS for the last 21 years, she is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS Advocate & Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Gospel Singer, and Entrepreneur. At a young age of 22, she was diagnosed with the disease. Sadly, there wasn’t any proper treatment available in South Africa back then. This incredibly positive and innovative woman has also released two inspirational music albums as her testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.