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Lesotho Aids diary: Orphan

The BBC, in conjunction with Medecins Sans Frontieres, has been following the lives of seven people from the community of St Rodrigue, in Lesotho, as they struggle to live with and work through the country's HIV/Aids crisis. This is the final instalment.


Mahlape Moiloa | Orphan | St Rodrigue

In her last entry, Mahlape wrote how she is much happier in a new school, where nobody teases her for being HIV positive. Now she is making the most of her talent.

Mahlape Moiloa

In my school, there are four athletic teams and there are five people on each team. I'm on two of the teams. I run 100 metres and 200 metres.

I like running a lot and in the races I usually finish second or third.

Some of the girls on the team commute to school from home and others are boarders. like me.

Mahlape Moiloa
Some friends know about my medication, but they don't know they are ARVs

I used to run a lot when I had to come to the clinic every two weeks for my medication.

I would run for two hours, without taking many breaks.

We are now training because my athletics team is going to Mafeteng for a competition.

But I don't think I'll be able to travel with them. I'm afraid of taking trips with the other students.

I'm just scared of the trip itself, having to travel in the car with the other students in case they see me taking my medication.

They talk too much so I don't want them to know about my status.

I don't care if they read about my status, but I don't want them to find out by seeing me take my medication.

Some of my friends in the hostel know about my medication, but they don't know they are ARVs.

Medal hope

I'm hoping that if I go to Mafeteng, I will get a medal at the tournament.

I chose athletics because I saw some of my friends doing it. I made some running friends and even though they don't know I'm taking the medication, it's nice to have friends.

If I was giving other girls in my situation advice, I would encourage them to take their medication regularly because it would help them keep healthy.

I would say that they should take their medication openly.

I can't do it, because I'm scared. But I would encourage them to do that.

One day, I hope to be able to take my medication openly too. That would make me happy.





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