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30 November 2018

How would you tell your child they are HIV-positive?

Daily Maverick

When having ‘the talk’ is about more than just the ‘birds and bees’. By Pontsho Pilane for Health-e.

The end credits of the Dlamini* household’s favourite soap opera start rolling. For this family, the Maskhandi tune is like an alarm clock — a daily weekday reminder for 14-year-old Zweli*.

At the tune, he gets up from the maroon couch in the lounge, goes into the bedroom and gets his medication. He fetches a glass of water in the kitchen and the pill slips down his throat.

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