On 13 February, 2015, in Health and Wellness, HIV & AIDS FAQ, Resource, by Cindy Pivacic

Naysayers and Denialists are a pain in the nether region!


I am tired of having to justifying why I take my medication when you Mr/Mrs Denialist (mostly Misters) have not been through the process of HIV & AIDS.


Yes, I am sure there are ‘conspiracies’ out there but really at the end of the day it does not change the situation, HIV is here and 6, 4 million (that we know of and have tested) people in South Africa cannot just be ill  from some other unknown cause, having the same symptoms and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with that!


I also believe that a healthy diet and lifestyle can and will prolong the ordeal, which is NOT a train smash, of having to start ARV medication but please until such time as there is undeniable proof, bite your tongue and have some respect for the people that are dealing with their situation in the way they choose to.


To date I have no knowledge of anyone in my circle of HIV+ people who have died because they took the prescribed medication but rather the opposite, stopping or non-adherence. I know ARV’s have numerous chemical components, let me make my own decisions.


Do not for a minute think I have not read and researched options….I am the one diagnosed HIV+ so believe me, I have done my homework.


I get told that the DRUGS are making me ill. I say kiss my lily white…….!


Ask me first; ‘When did you acquire all the diseases attributed to AIDS?’ I will politely tell you that it was PRIOR to starting ARV’s and I have NOT been ill since 2009, diagnosed in 2004, started medication in 2008. I have not even had a cold, let alone flu.


So…….speak to individuals who have gone through the entire journey and survived to tell the tale, which is what I do, like it or not, that’s your choice.


PS I was always extremely healthy and fit prior to my diagnosis, explain that and don’t tell me it was from ‘natural’ causes as nobody is afflicted with Shingles, Pneumonia, TB Meningitis, two Strokes and Cancer namely, Angioimmunoblasticlymphadenopathy in a period of two years without some serious reason.

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On 11 February, 2015, in Book, HIV & AIDS FAQ, The Deadly Seducer, by Cindy Pivacic

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A very concerning and unfortunate incident arose yesterday when a client contacted me.


This person had unknowingly been exposed to the HI virus in the middle of last year (2014), when an individual cut themselves badly and the client had an open wound at the time which was not well covered.


The infected person only informed my client when they, themselves, found out recently, so we are talking in the region of a six (6) month gap.


Prior to contacting me, he/she went to their GP who decided to test, rightly so, by doing the Elisa Test, which is by drawing blood rather than the Rapid Test which is a finger prick, returning a result in 10/20 min the Elisa was sent to a laboratory, results back late afternoon.


The Doctor decided in the interim, that as a safety precaution the client should commence taking the 30 day treatment of Prophylactics.


Th client obviously hit a panic and subsequently made contact with me.


Sadly the time-span had elapsed, as you only have a 72 hour period post exposure to potentially prevent yourself becoming infected.


I was horrified but ecstatic that someone had advised him/her to make contact with me as they were understandably in a state of panic.


After explaining, reassuring and sharing as much information as I could, it was now a matter of waiting……….


Dear Doctor… stupid can you be, this person is given false hope as you were either not paying attention to the time frame or  you are seriously careless, unacceptable!!


Fortunately a negative result came back, it’s one of the times you don’t want anyone to say “you are Positive’!


I made contact with the client and asked permission to share this incident as I believe there is still so much unknown and misinformation in the market place and when it comes from a ‘trusted source’ like a medical person, even more scary.


I have obviously kept the persons name and the area out of the post as it is a confidential matter.


I have however posted the comment he/she shared with me later today when I followed up. it reads as follows:


2/10/2015 16:32: Cindy Pivacic HIV: I hope you have recovered from your ordeal.


Client: ‘Thanks.. I am, it’s an experience that I will never forget.   I have a new understanding and respect for being “tested”. It’s an overwhelming experience. My body truly ached with the tension and waiting for my results was daunting.


The nurse that took my blood was great! She actually stopped and asked if I was ok…  she was really caring which calmed me a little.


 I know now that I truly don’t know enough. And I thought that I did. #embarrassed


Thanks again for your advice and support… u spoke sense and also what the next step was if I was positive and that life does go on and it can be done. U say it with confidence, and that’s what made me feel ok’.


2/10/2015 16:44: Cindy Pivacic HIV: So glad that you are in a better space, it’s not a pleasant experience at all and glad I could be of assistance. I am sure you will become a great advocate getting people to get counselled prior to testing 😉


Client: 2/10/2015 16:47: ‘THANKS. .. I definitely will. I will be passing it on where I work.




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I don’t understand a word but I am sure Nosipho Mkhize was kind.

This is the third piece she has done on me (various papers) and I hope it gives courage and hope to others.

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The Deadly Seducer

On 10 May, 2013, in Book, by Cindy Pivacic

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A bold and honest account, Cindy Pivacic shares her story about how she came to contract HIV & AIDS and how she responded to it. Not only is she living healthy years later, but her vibrant and energetic character has been poured into helping others who are experiencing the same situation.

Cindy presents talks and workshops on living positively with HIV & AIDS and those, with this book and her online presence, gives her the opportunity to create awareness, give testimony concerning the HIV & AIDS issue, and to assist in de-stigmatising this secret killer.


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