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Football players living with HIV

Human Immune Virus also known as HIV is a Virus that attacks and weakens the body's immune system stage by stage. It can however be managed with dosages of Antiretroviral drugs and with this, one can live a healthy life for as long as possible.

The Mirror UK once reported sometime ago that four premier league players have contracted the virus. Although it wasn't made official after the result but however, according to other official statements, four players are currently fighting the virus. Below is the list.


Emmanuel Eboue

According to Goal Turkey, the virus was detected in the former Arsenal defender's blood after his medical with Turkish club Turk Olagi Limoso. Also reported by Goal, His agent Tekim Birinci posted on Facebook to confirm the move was held as a result of the medical outcome.


Samuel Nlend

Nlend is a Cameroonian international who also played for Union Sportive de Douala. The player came under fire when his newly signed contract with Egyptian club Al Ittihad was terminated when the virus was detected in his body. He was later paid $440,000 for breach of contract as he won the case in court.

Thabang Sefatsa

South Africa international Sefatsa who also played for Tigers FC. Although currently retired, but officially, he is one of the footballers living with HIV. He admitted his fate and currently runs an awareness campaign against the virus.

Nelson Wanyama.

Kenyan international Wanyama has publicly spoken about his status with ibtimes UK. The former Shabana FC star now runs a campaign to create awareness about the virus.


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