Dorian Basson on Surviving Sexual Assault and Living Positively

Our latest Shine On story is about Capetonian Dorian Basson. Dorian, who is now 35-years-old, was raped by an unknown perpetrator at the age of 19 and contracted HIV.

His journey includes his experiences as a patient in psychiatric hospitals, his struggles with his sexuality, the HIV diagnosis, experimentation with drugs and how he made it to today as an HIV activist who started The Red Ribbon foundation for people living with HIV.

Watch Dorian share his inspiring Shine On story below.

HIV can be effectively controlled through ARV treatment, and if you are HIV positive, the sooner you start treatment, the better. For free HIV services, including testing, treatment and case management in Joburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City, call or Whatsapp / message EMH on 082 607 1686, or use the anonymous chat function below (office hours).

Because we believe that Dorian’s story – as both a person living with HIV and as a male rape survivor – is so important, we have included his full audio interview below.

To read about the reality of male on male rape and sexual assault or if you want information on what to do if you are a victim please click here Male Rape and Sexual Assault: The Unspoken Taboo.

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Instagram @dorianpablo

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