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Jacobs’s experience with his private GP reflects this lack of awareness.
He recalls the "cold, impersonal" appointment where he found out he had HIV: "He said to me that I had tested positive, then he just gave me a referral letter to a dietician and one for a psychiatrist." He advises people to look after themselves.
His life is not the same as it was, though, but Jacobs acknowledges that with change and challenges come opportunity.
He has taken this opportunity to create awareness around HIV in his community by starting a support group, offering people the chance to share their experiences in a safe and stigma-free space.
He exhales as he sees the notification: “Your friend request has been sent”.