From Rejection to Resilience: Neo's Journey

Born into a world shadowed by HIV, Neo Methule's story is one of resilience, hope, and the transformative power of support. At the tender age of one, Neo's life took an unexpected turn when she tested positive for HIV, a legacy unwittingly passed down by her mother. Left in the care of her paternal family, Neo's journey was marked by struggle and a sense of abandonment.

But amidst the darkness, a beacon of light emerged in the form of the Ikageng team and the Preventing HIV/AIDS in Vulnerable Populations (PHVP) program. Attending Family Care Day at Zola clinic in 2020, Neo was welcomed into a community of support, where regular home visits and counselling became the cornerstone of her journey to wellness.

With steadfast support, Neo's viral load was eventually suppressed, marking a pivotal moment in her journey. Empowered by the Vhutshilo 3 program, Neo found her voice, bravely sharing her HIV status and embracing her identity with newfound confidence.

Today, at 17 years old, Neo stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Despite years marked by anger and rejection, Neo has emerged stronger and more determined than ever. Embracing her family bonds and excelling academically at Aurora Girls' High School, Neo's aspirations know no bounds.

As we celebrate Neo's triumphs, let us also honour the transformative power of programs like PHVP and the unwavering support of organizations like HIVSA. Together, we can create a future where every individual, regardless of their HIV status, can thrive and fulfill their potential.

Join us in celebrating Neo's journey and supporting our mission to build a world free from HIV/AIDS. Together, we can make a difference.

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