Saidy Brown, South Africa

Saidy Brown is a South African 26-year-old woman born with HIV. As a 14-year-old, she discovered her HIV status and has used social media to educate others about HIV. As a strong advocate, she participated in the youth plenary at the 8th South African Aids Conference in Durban in 2017 and opened the event with a piece she wrote when she was 18 called ‘An Open Letter To HIV”.

As part of the Youth Reference Group for the Virology HIV & Adolescence workshop, she works with a network for South African young people living with HIV called Y+ South Africa.

She recently became one of the 25×25 young leaders for She Decides Global. She also has a YouTube channel that she uses to educate and enlighten people about HIV. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for the year 2018 and was recently named a brand ambassador for Inside My Purse. Her work aims to show those who feel hopeless that there is life after HIV.