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Living a positive, healthy life. The future is ours.

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Find out more……on youtube post.

StatsSA says the total number of people living with HIV in South Africa has increased from an estimated 4.25 million in 2002 to 7.52 million by 2018.

Not only did my website go live on this day in 2011 but it also meant I publicly disclosed my HIV status for the first time.
So much has happened since then, good and bad but mostly fantastic!
Many thanks to everyone who stood by me during this ongoing process of living, it has been an interesting journey.
I have met, befriended and counselled many an HIV positive individual and some near misses (turned out negative)
Furthermore, I have had the opportunity to speak to many people on World AIDS Day, and have enjoyed hosting a number of training events to boot.
Long live the infected!
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On 22 January, 2015, in Health and Wellness, by Cindy Pivacic


It was a scary step I took to go public with my HIV status on the 22 January 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.


Thanks to Charlotte Kemp from and Shawn Fouche from as they ‘forced’ me to put myself out there and do something that was only a growing thought at the time.


What happened that day, after many stops and starts in the constructing of my website, was that I went around to Charlotte and finalised a few posts, closed my eyes and pressed the send button to go public. The amazing support and feedback that came my way from the get go was astounding and the backing has never dried up.


One of my decisions to go public was to provide access to others living with HIV; a place and person they could relate to in the same situation, enabling them to source/share information and receive support.


I am happy to say people have found me via many of the social media forums and I find myself in the fortunate position to assist by communicating reliable information to those infected and affected.


My health situation has been great for the last seven years having dealt with various acquired afflictions such as pneumonia, shingles, two strokes (2005 & 2006), TB Meningitis as well as Cancer, namely Angioimmunoblasticlymphadenopathy ;-).


I attribute my present good health partly to the fact that I disclosed my status, thus removing the burden of silence which leads to stress, leading to ill health. My Mother Lindsay Heydenrych (80 yrs) and on Facebook I might add, has been my greatest support over the years and for this, I thank you.


November 2014 I hit my 10 year anniversary of living with HIV & AIDS and am sure I will be around for a long time to come and know that there are no wrong questions……if you don’t know the question, you certainly won’t know the answer, ask!


Hopefully by doing what i am doing we will remove that dreaded word, ‘Stigma’ . Think before you use it and refer to the virus as a ‘chronic illness’ instead.


Let’s get the year going with this; Spread the word not the Virus


Thanks to ONE and ALL for your ongoing support








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HIV & AIDS is NOT a Shame!

On 10 November, 2014, in Health and Wellness, HIV & AIDS FAQ, by Cindy Pivacic


With the advent of my HI virus status hitting the TEN year mark on the 11th November 2014, I would like to share the following:

HIV & AIDS is NOT a Shame,

Cindy Pivacic is this Babes name,


Living positively with HIV and AIDS,

In 2012, 400 thousand new infections strong,

South Africa, we are doing something wrong,

We can change AIDS – A. I. D. S,

Action Involves Doing Something,


Furthermore, I plan to commemorate this milestone with a 10yr tattoo, watch this space….. Cindy Pivacic

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Cindy Pivacic is a Speaker, Trainer, Author, HIV Activist and IEC (Information-Education-Communication) Facilitator on HIV & AIDS.

Surviving numerous health challenges Cindy is in the unique position to add value to the training provided, having presented regular talks and training sessions on a range of essential HIV & AIDS issues.

AID My Journey-Support (NPO 093-243) was founded in 2011 having recognised the need for structured support, counselling and awareness around HIV & AIDS nationwide, based in Cape Town for Counselling and administering of projects for individuals living with HIV & AIDS.

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Feedback from Durban Academy – HIV Presentation Gr11

On 5 February, 2014, in Testimonials, by Cindy Pivacic

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Dearest Cindy,


Thank you so much for talking to our kids about HIV and AIDS.


You have turned mere Buzz words into a reality for them and touched them in a
way that a teacher talking about the topic could not. HIV to them is now more
than just a red ribbon.


Thanks again for your “positive” touch.



Warren Wessels
Senior Life Science and English Home Language Educator

Interview 1KZN TV – ‘The Deadly Seducer’

On 2 February, 2014, in Book, Media, Press, Testimonials, by Cindy Pivacic

At last I have a copy of the interview with 1 KZN TV.


Book launch interview of ‘The Deadly Seducer’ first flighted on 10th October 2013.


Some Q & A’s around how I manage my health and the reason for writing a book of my experiences, living with the HI virus.

Follow the youtube link to view.