Voices from the Field
Last month I facilitated a dialogue for the Soul City Institute as part of the “Respect Me“ programme at the Wits University campus in Johannesburg.
After the dialogue, two young women approached me. One said that a good friend had recently disclosed her HIV positive status, and she wondered what to do, how to help.
Last month, in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, some very beautiful people got together to change how the country views HIV.
Y+ Beauty Pageant, a first for young men and women living with HIV in Uganda, took place at the elegant Golf Course Hotel. It was organized by my group, the Uganda Network of Young [...]
By Barbara Kemigisa
Two weeks ago I visited an HIV positive friend in a district not far from Kampala. As usual, I checked services at the hospital where he gets his ARVs. It is run by nuns and offers free treatment for all.
I introduced myself as an HIV/family planning campaigner. The moment I [...]
It’s time to say it: in one area, we, HIV/AIDS activists, have caused more harm than good.
I am proud to be one of the few Ugandans to say publicly that I live positively with HIV.
But, in the flurry of speeches and interviews, of extolling antiretroviral treatment and ‘normalizing’ the disease, it worries me [...]
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis in drier scientific language, is the taking of ARVs to prevent HIV infection. It could be one of the most wonderful scientific advances of recent times – or maybe not?
Have you ever walked into a room and felt all eyes shift to you? When you were made to feel different because of your outfit, hairstyle or skin color?
Recently, I have. A few months ago, I mustered the courage to get a new, unique and chic hairstyle: a Mohawk, shaved sides and a gold braid [...]
Reflecting on the slogan zero new HIV infections, zero HIV-related discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Language has always mattered in the AIDS epidemic. From the outset, stigma was fuelled by blaming phrases like “gay plague” or “African disease”. As early as 1987, sociologist Paula Treichler called AIDS an epidemic of signification, noting [...]
Benta and Ezekiel Awino have brought their nine month old baby, Ronny, to Rongo District Hospital in Western Kenya for an HIV test. Here, Benta, who is living with HIV, has received quality care throughout her pregnancy. Now, both she and her baby return to the same centre for appointments to address the gamut of health concerns [...]
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