21 stories 21 days: 12th July

They shouldn’t be scared because that fear will kill them

“…you know, this thing of saying that ‘I am living with HIV’, I tell some people but not all the community, because some people may discriminate you and not feel comfortable with you. You see, there are those who have no information about this disease Continue reading

21 stories 21 days: 10th July

Everybody can stigmatise you, whether they are educated or not…

“I can say stigma is a sign of disgrace or shame which is humiliating and demeaning to those who are subject to it… Here I must confess one thing. When I am not working, I always prefer to be alone and mostly stay at home. HIV, and its worst effect stigma, made my life dark. I lost my lovely and my young husband… Continue reading

21 stories 21 days: 8th July

When people are laughing it is like they are laughing at you

“…in this situation I am in you find that when people are talking you end up thinking they are talking about you… when the truth is these people are talking on their own… When people are laughing it is like they are laughing at you… Continue reading

21 stories 21 days: 7th July

We don’t call each other for the coffee ceremony… They won’t enter my home…  we don’t even borrow a flame

“I don’t have any close relation with my neighbours as a result of appalling stigma and discrimination. We don’t call each other for the coffee ceremony or for other social involvements. Continue reading

21 stories 21 days: 6th July

We fear being recognised…so we end up giving away our place in the queue

I know what it is to be HIV-positive; I know what it is to feel discrimination. When I used to go to the health centre I had to stand in a long queue and people would look at me. We fear being recognised by people who know us and so we end up giving away our place in the queue. Continue reading