TV personality K Naomi has issued a statement addressing the Twitter streets after her comments on the prevalence of HIV/Aids in South Africa, tweeting on Monday that the disease has become the norm.
In a tweet which has since been deleted, K Naomi wrote: “HIV Aids is becoming the norm. This is scary.”
Shortly after the “BET A-list” presenter tweeted, many Twitter followers called her out for being “ignorant” and “insensitive” about the disease.
Later, K Naomi issued a statement on Twitter in an attempt to better explain her view on the matter.
The statement reads: “I appreciate those of you who took the time to engage with my tweet. Both in agreement because they understood the sentiment and those who were angered by it.
“We won’t always see eye to eye. HIV/ AIDS poses a huge problem to the world’s population. There are an estimated 7,97 million people living with the disease in SA alone. Of those 7,97 million my family has been directly affected by the disease. Contrary to what many of you choose to believe my tweet was about or thought it lacked.
“I maintain that while we are all aware of the disease, it’s prevention and how it’s contracted, there are still too many people dying and something must be done for us not lose anymore lives. There are still too many people who are afraid to get tested and know their status despite what awareness we think exists.
“I’ve note with keenness how little many of you think of my intelligence and lack thereof. I can accept that! But spare a thought for someone living in the most remote parts of this country who knows the disease exists but has no access to basic health services to get tested and treated in time to live a long life. Spare a thought for the people around you, that person who is scared at what is happening to their loved one. Because seeing someone suffer from aids and any other disease is scary and painful.”
I’m leaving this here 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RaXZ1sZJTh
— K Naomi👑 (@KNaomi_N) January 27, 2020
Image Courtesy: instagram.com/knaomin
Zita Zimande is a sports news journalist from the University of Johannesburg. Besides being a sports fanatic, she loves to cook during her spare time.