I am HIV positive, says 'Mr Splash' Geoffrey Kapusa
Malawi's renowned TV personality, Geoffrey Kapusa, aka Mr. Splash, has told the latest edition of Lifestyle Magazine, a glamorous publication of the Times Group, that he tested HIV positive in December 2006.
"I have been on drugs, ARVs (Antiretroviral drugs)... it was December 2006. What happened is that I had some clinical problems, problems with my sex life ... I was not circumcised by then," Kapusa tells the magazine.
Malawians generally do not disclose their HIV Sero-status due to the prospect of facing stigma and discrimination, but Kapusa says he thought of coming out in the open to share his story after getting convinced that testing positive does not mean the end of one's world.
"I thought I should come out, I went for testing and I tested positive. I wasn't surprised when I got my results ... I was told to go to College of Medicine to have my CD4 count checked... some people who knew my HIV status assumed I was going to die so I took ARVs religiously," says Kapusa, who burst into the limelight for hosting 'Music Splash', a 30-minute music programme on Malawi Broadcasting Corporation TV.
Editor for the magazine, Agnes Mizere, said interviewing Kapusa on his HIV status was a memorable experience, describing the TV personality as a "brave and courageous character".
"As Times Lifestyle Magazine, we are proud that Kapusa accepted to share his story with our readers. He is brave and he has set a good example to his fellow media personalities and other well-known people in the country," said Mizere.