HIV: From There to Here – Giving Back

Reflecting recently on how far my HIV and I have come, compared to my original prognosis of a maximum lifespan of ten years, I appreciate how much I have overcome, and privileged to be around and hopefully make a positive impact on the lives of people living, or newly diagnosed with HIV.

By Cindy Pivacic.


As someone who has experienced many health challenges, it is only fair to give back to the community who have supported me through tough times. Hopefully, this encourages others in similar circumstances to evaluate their potential to give back. It is beneficial to society and also provides you, as the motivator, to heal and purposefully move forward and thrive.

It took me six years to disclose my HIV status, and once I worked up the courage to reveal my condition, I never looked back nor regretted my decision. Many doors opened for me in the health and wellness arena, providing opportunities to purposefully live my life, when, I thought in 2004, it was a matter of a few years before I headed for an unintentional demise.

One of the ways I put my message of awareness out was via social and traditional media. It took many years to lay the groundwork. The foundations paid off in speaking engagements, online interactions, radio and TV producing, presenting and participating in the AllLife TV advertorials and writing blogs for their HIV and chronic health products.

Other than giving back to the community, the second message I want to communicate is that you must NEVER doubt yourself and always be ALERT to doors that can OPEN because of the CHOICES you make. OPPORTUNITIES to SHARE and also THRIVE are EVERYWHERE. 

  • Be brave!
  • Give back!
  • Stay connected!
  • Survive and Thrive!

A chronic condition can affect anyone. How you manage it is what makes the difference.

You can get cover of up to 3 million rand for your chronic health condition and up to 10 million if you are living with HIV.

SMS CHRONIC to 33857 to find out more. 

I did!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure, and is not a substitute for professional consultation with a health professional.


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