Voices from the Field
A few months ago I fell in love with this guy, and he fell in love with me. I told him that I have HIV. I showed him my antiretroviral pills (ARVs) and explained how treatment works. I wanted to make sure he knows what he is getting himself into – a relationship with an [...]
By Joyce Chimbi
My first story for Countdown to Zero, back in 2013, was on paediatric HIV and I felt up to the task.
In fact, I was ready to file the story that same day. After all, this was not my first story on HIV, I had done many before. And no one had [...]
Conditional cash transfers to affect sexual behaviour are increasingly popular in HIV prevention research and rhetoric. This consists in paying mostly young people money if they do not get a sexually transmitted infection (STI), which is a marker for unprotected sex and, therefore, HIV risk.
The intriguingly titled RESPECT study (Rewarding Sexually Transmitted Infection [...]
In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was fully God (John 1:1).
We all know the power of words. Words have the power to heal and to destroy. You have probably experienced how words can either help or hurt you.
Since this is my last [...]
Any procedure which involves cutting off a healthy part of a human’s body, a part which functions normally, should raise ethical questions. Ethicists are still debating whether it is ethical to circumcise a boy child, as this will affect him for the rest of his life.
With evidence that circumcision can reduce HIV risks [...]
There was a time when I hated my roots and my life and I wished it would change. I blamed someone or something until I realized that, well, it is me who needs to change. And as hard as it was, I did change, for the better, and I want to tell you about it.
By Claire Gasamagera
Like everybody else, I follow Ebola in the news.
And I can’t help but notice the similarities of the world’s reaction to Ebola today and to AIDS 30 years ago.
When AIDS first appeared in the early 1980s, scientists explained that the disease was transmitted primarily by sex, blood transfusions, and [...]
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 [...]
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