David Ross Patient: “ARVs need to be taken daily”


david-ross-patient“Today, still, it’s ignorance that perpetuates the stigma and discrimination against those with HIV,” David Ross Patient. (Image: David Ross Patient)

Aids activist David Ross Patient was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1983. Today he campaigns for greater awareness on how to stay healthy, and alive, on the South African government’s ARV programme, which is the largest in the world.

Patient is more than just a candle flickering in a cold wind. He is healthy, and happier than he has ever been. He has gone from being the kid who had tried multiple times to kill himself before he was 17, to finding success as a motivator and Aids activist. “There is still a stigma of shame attached to HIV but I have helped by talking openly.