When Grey Wisiki learned that he was HIV+ in 1995, at the age of 19, he immediately accepted his status. “No matter where I went, the virus would be with me for the rest of my life. There was no point in trying to escape from the truth.”
Grey decided to stay in his village of Nkasala and to set an example that would help others understand the facts about HIV. He started HIV treatment and has remained healthy ever since.
Less than 10 years ago, people from Nkasala had to walk all day just to access HIV services in Zomba. Thanks to Dignitas’s work in bringing HIV-related services to rural communities, people like Grey can now be tested and treated at health centres much closer to home.
Today Grey works as an Expert Patient at the Nkasala Health Centre, where he provides counselling and support to people newly diagnosed with HIV.
Grey’s motivation for sharing his testimony with others is clear: “By seeking HIV care, you are not only safeguarding your life, you are also safeguarding your family’s life and the life of your nation.”