‘The HIV in my body is having a live concert’ - Criselda Kananda on ARVs amid Covid-19
After 22 years of living healthily with HIV, radio personality Criselda Kananda has started a course of antiretroviral medication (ARVs).
The star told fans this weekend that she was “not 100% well”, and thanked doctors at Netcare Waterfall Hospital for their help with her recent health struggles.
She revealed she had tested negative for Covid-19, but said the HIV in her body was “having a live concert”.
“I’m out of danger SARS-Covid-free (negative) but the HIV in my body is having a live concert. This means I have to start ARVs after 22 years of living healthy with HIV. My immune system now needs help.”
Criselda has never taken ARVs, telling the Sunday Times several years ago that her immune system was strong enough.
"I am HIV-positive and in all the years I have known my status I have never taken ARVs. Those come into play when your CD4 count is lower than 250. In this country, that is the standard that is set."
In her post this week, Criselda said her immune system had been weakened by the health measures she took to avoid getting the coronavirus.
“The constant cleaning of surfaces, sanitising, disinfecting and covered breathing, though very necessary, unfortunately leads to unintended consequences. The immune system becomes lazy, giving strength to any existing bugs in our bodies. After years of fighting, my fighter cells are disarmed.”
She said the next six weeks were going to be hard, but she believed God was on her side.
The star slammed rumours that she had lied about being HIV positive, and said she forgave the gossip mongers.
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Covid_19 Realities First things first. Thank you God that I’m alive even though I’m not 💯 well. Many persons living with HIV, Diabetic and Cancer Survivors including many others who have immuno compromised health, this is a difficult period for us. The constant cleaning of surfaces, sanitizing, disinfecting and covered breathing though very necessary it unfortunately leads to unintended consequences. The immune system becomes lazy giving strength to any existing bugs in our bodies. After years of fighting My fighter cells are disarmed. I take this moment to thank you all for the prayers and words of encouragement. I’m grateful for a chance to say thank you to my family, friends and the medical staff @netcarewaterfallhospital I’m out of danger SARS-Covid free(negative) but the HIV in my body is having a live concert. This means I have to start ARV’s after 22yrs of living healthy with HIV. My immune system now needs help. The next six weeks are going to be hard but with God on my side I can face anything and any enemy. Finally to those who’ve spread silly gossip about me lying about being HIV antibody positive simply because I knew and shared how to take care of myself I forgive you. #gratefullheart❤️🙏🏽 #godisstillincontrol