Have you been plagued by HIV-related problems? If yes, the story of Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo, a 22-year-old Congolese lady living with HIV might inspire you.
Horcelie is a stunning beauty queen who has become the talk in social media for being the first verified HIV positive to win Miss Congo Uk. She was crowned the winner at the 2017 Miss Congo in UK pageant, which took place at Stratford Town Hall, last weekend.
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The stunner after winning the competition expressed her joy for the big title
“I’m happy I’ve won at least something in my life. My story has warmed people’s hearts and that’s the most important thing,” she says.
Horcelie came to terms with her HIV-positive status when she was just 11-year- old. According to her, she was born with the disease. She is 22 now and thus had lived with it for nearly 11 years.
Horcelie is currently studying Fine Arts degree at the Chelsea College of Arts in the UK. And, she is glad that she is a source of motivation to many living with the virus. Now, she wants to go back to Congo to carry out awareness campaign on HIV and AIDS.
Miss Congo pageant in London is not that different from other beauty pageants. Except that this year, the organisers brought to focus the difficult situation of millions of Africans living with HIV.
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Meanwhile, huge progress has been made over the last few decades in treating and understanding human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
While HIV is yet to have a cure, many patients have a normal life as those who are HIV free. They can procreate without infecting others.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is among the first African countries to find out HIV with some patients suffering from it as back as 1983. It was estimated that about 1.3 million people of all ages were living with HIV in 2001. By the end of 2003, UNAIDS evaluated that 1.1 million people were living with HIVand AIDS.
Reports said the spread of the disease is caused by an Internal migration, overall risk behaviours, sexually transmitted infections, endemic poverty, and lack of a safe blood supply. However now, the government has put up measures including prevention, proper care, and advocacy actions that
However, the government has now put up measures including prevention, proper care, and advocacy actions to combat the disease.