People suspected of having contracted COVID-19 say they are treated like pariahs: singled out at work, in their neighbourhoods and even in their homes....
Many think that if you have HIV you are bound to die the next minute. That is wrong and the stigma given to HIV people kills them fast before HIV does....
Experts and campaigners with the organisation underlined the importance of community-led services in HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.
The beauty pageant has, over the years, served as a platform to young men and women (16 to 25 years) living with HIV to become voices to the voiceless....
"Maybe it is an area we underlooked but we are realizing we urgently need to do something."
Although I could not stand on my own, I chased all my family members including my children to go away while I vowed not to go home.
The pageant was started in 2014 to fight stigma and discrimination amongt young people living with HIV.
Social stigma delays access to necessary treatment impedes recovery and hinders community integration.
Experts argue that due to the increasing stigma rates, many HIV\AIDs patients leave no trace of suspicion that they are on drugs.
Globally, stigma and discrimination are associated with lower uptake of HIV preventive services.
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