Actress and AIDS ambassador Hlubi Mboya has spoken out about Lesego’s decision to forego her antiretroviral drugs in favour of a nutritional approach to treat her HIV

South Africans are mourning the death of 39-year-old Lesego, who was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 23 and passed away at her Johannesburg home on Monday morning.

Speaking to Times Live, Hlubi, said: “I’m really heartbroken. I think this could’ve been prevented.

“She was very outspoken about not taking her ARVs, and I just think if she’d made a different choice, maybe we wouldn’t be mourning right now,” added the actress, best known for her longstanding role as HIV-positive ‘Isidingo’ character Nandipha Sithole.

Lesego, who starred alongside Hlubi as Letti Matabane in the soap, publicly revealed her HIV status on Word Aids Day in December 2011.

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Lesego however faced widespread criticism early in 2012 after admitting on SABC talk show ‘3Talk’ that she was no longer taking ARVs but instead treating her illness with a holistic approach involving a healthy diet and homeopathic medicines

Speaking to Times Live after this revelation, Lesego said: “There is a need for a holistic approach in tackling the pandemic as opposed to a hopeless approach with drugs being seen as a do-or-die solution.

“We can take ARVs and still engage in unprotected sex, we can take them on empty stomachs and souls and be plunged deeper into pain and suffering, or we can see them as part of a holistic solution and partner in discovering alternative and additional ways of conquering the virus.”

Author: Team Talk