Contemporary musician Tytan Skhokho, real name Njabulo Nkomo, has emotionally revealed how his estranged wife Olinda Chapel hid her HIV status from him.
The 30-year-old musician who is currently embroiled in a nasty divorce with Olinda, opened himself up to civil and criminal charges after he accused his estranged partner of hiding her HIV status from him and essentially outed her.
In an interview with Rumbidzai Bvunzawabaya on the Rumbidzai Show, Tytan claimed that Olinda had hidden that she was HIV positive from him and that he only learned of her status from the doctors.
He claims that when she later confirmed that she was actually HIV positive after the doctors called him, Olinda did an about-turn and confirmed that she never told him because her viral load was undetectable. Said Tytan,
“This was the first time and she said that she did not want to tell me because she wanted to live a normal life. And I thought to myself, so I was deprived of a normal life because of that.
“That changed how I viewed her. I really struggled with that…I thought to myself that maybe that’s my life now. Let me try to make it work…her excuse at that time for not telling me was that she is undetectable.”
When asked whether the two of them had gone for testing before engaging in se_xual intercourse, Tytan claimed that he was the only one who went for testing. He claimed that Olinda reassured him that because of her profession she had to go for constant testing.
“Funny thing is I was the only getting tests from what I realised. I would ask about that and she would say that because of her profession she regularly gets tests.
“I was naive enough to just trust…I trusted her very much. I really did… And now everything changed.”
Tytan revealed that he also sought medical help. After explaining his situation, he claims that he was tested and was placed on PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) course for four months. He said that after finishing the course he tested negative.
“I got tested. I got on a PREP course for four months. And I was taking that and I was okay. After that, I have been testing regularly.
However, after the interview aired Olinda Chapel responded to the allegations saying that Tytan was well aware from the beginning that she was HIV positive. She also claims that Tytan actually used to collect her Anti-Retroviral Therapy medication from the doctors some of the time.
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