Sebabatso Letsipa Raliengoane
Sebabatso Letsipa Raliengoane , Maseru

"If I'd had the information as a teenager that I now have, I think my sister would still be alive. We grew up in a situation where your parents would say 'Oh, you've started menstruating. Don't play with boys." We didn't even know what playing with boys means. So you find yourself getting into things that, had you had correct information, you wouldn't. My sister was the strongest, strongest person. I still remember when she got home from the hospital. She was like, 'Ah, they said I have AIDS.' I don't think they even took the time to make her understand what being HIV-positive means, what she could expect, how she could live a healthier life. She could have gotten access to ARVs (antiretroviral medicine). But it was just a lack of information. She would go to a doctor and they would give her Bactrim and Panadol. But now I know about ARVs, I'm like, 'Gosh, had she had ARVs she would have had a chance.' So when we say people die because of a lack of knowledge, I know what that means. I want to do anything in my power to make sure families have correct information. And that young people have not only information, but also skills to apply so they don't get infected."

Tampose Mothopeng
Tampose Mothopeng , Maseru , 30

"Beyond HIV, beyond gender and sexual identity, we are humans. When I started volunteering for Matrix in 2009, it was with the passion to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community. It was the pain of losing our friends and those we loved to HIV-related illnesses. They were just dying like that, all around us. At first, we had to release the anger. Then we had to accept ourselves—inside and out—and develop strategies to give us a voice. I am Roman Catholic. You can make different arguments, spiritually. We encourage people to take a contextual, not a literal approach. But the real argument is just—Love."