Local actress publicly announces HIV status

South African actress Lesego Motsepe chose World Aids Day to publically disclose for the first time that...

A young woman gets an HIV test at a mobile testing station at Cape Town Station on 29 November 2011. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

South African actress Lesego Motsepe chose World Aids Day to publically disclose for the first time that she was living with the virus for over a decade.

Motsepe was best known for her role as Letti Matabane on local television soapie Isidingo.

She said she wanted to make a difference.

"The virus lives in my blood. For 13 years I had known, and I wanted to use the opportunity God gave me to be able to be a mentor to those who will be going through the same struggles I have gone through," the actress said.

She said she went through denial, resentment, hate, rejection and dejection from the people that she loved.