"If I am with other herdboys, watching our cows and our sheep, and you say 'I'm scared of HIV,' I would ask: 'Why are you scared?' You might say, 'Because it's a sin to have it.' I would ask 'Why a sin?' 'Because I'll die and go to Hell.' I would say, "You won't die as long as you take the treatment. And HIV is something that's there. So why should you be in the wrong?'
All this information I got by attending classes held by nurses at St. Andrew’s Health Centre, here in Mafeteng District. We also talk about VMMC (voluntary medical male circumcision), and encourage others to get it. We've been told it reduces the chances of transmitting HIV. I did it when I was 16, and I encouraged one of my friends to do it. Now the guy feels good about it, and he is spreading the word, too.
I started herding when I was 5 years old—my family's 18 sheep and 8 cattle. One time I saw one of the cows was in trouble. Very strong bloody diarrhea. Weak. Hunched over. I dug up an herb I'd seen older people use, and I saved the cow. It's still alive today. I like knowing how to help the animals I care for. And I like that the clinic gives me the information I need to help my family and my friends