Feb 1, 2011

HIV Stigma Encouraged by Kenyan Cabinet Minister


Kenyan cabinet minister, Esther Murugi, suggested that it may be beneficial to isolate HIV positive people in one place so that the disease is confined. AIDS activists, the Network of people living with AIDS, a member of the Women Fighting AIDs in Kenya NGO responded that Murugi’s statement was reckless and inappropriate and should be repealed. Statements that condone the ostracizing of HIV positive patients in any way especially by government officials only validate and encourage discrimination,  social stigma towards HIV positive citizens. Comments like these only fuel the fear of spreading HIV,which can lead to rejection from society if a citizen’s positive HIV status is revealed.  We at LfM believe in tolerance and acceptance of those who are HIV positive. In addition, participation of community elders, residents, churches, schools and government officials must be fully engaged in reducing the stigma attached to HIV positive people for the prevention and treatment of the HIV/AIDS. Click here to read the article:http://allafrica.com/stories/201101311079.html

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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