Voices from the Field
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 [...]
C’était un vendredi matin ensoleillé en février 2014. Une jeune femme était assise à l’extérieur de l’Hôpital général de référence de Bukavu, la tête tournée vers le ciel, l’air triste et confuse. Elle attire mon attention du fait que deux heures après mon entrée a l’hôpital – je faisais une recherche sur l’accès aux [...]
A few months ago out of interest and as part of my research for my previous blog on teenage pregnancy, I had a chat with a group of teenagers from Soweto. We talked about transactional sex.
Should a university be a place where a young person can develop sexual competence, in preparation for a sexually fulfilling adulthood, or should university authorities try to limit opportunities for sexual exploration in line with many parental expectations?
Twelve years ago, I walked for the first time into the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra with nine school mates. I was eleven years old. We were going to do programs on national radio. We were so excited!
One day Rukiya came home from school crying, sobbing that she didn’t want to go there again.
“What happened?” asked her mom.
“Abana bagaba kusomelo nti nina silimu ate ntinda bika bubbi nyo era ngenda kuffa esawa yona era negamba nze silina kuba kusomero nina kubawaka effe bulungi,” said Rukiya.
“The children say I have [...]
I had just landed my first holiday job at the end of my first year at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. I was also about to land what I thought was my first love relationship. He was perfect. Well, so I thought.
How is it possible that we know the correct behavior or the healthiest practice and yet we don’t follow it?
Wait! Is it human nature or just lack of discipline?
This happens to me in the area of … yes, weight gain! No amount of knowledge I acquire or books I read help me [...]
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