Personal stories

Faith communities about HIV

“As a person who was totally against gays and lesbians in leadership of the church, the workshop of IAM not only helped me to accept gays, lesbians and people living with HIV, but also made me want to help create awareness and support.”

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Intolerance among sex workers

“One day an HIV-positive girl with resistant tuberculosis visited our community at the shelter, but the other women didn’t want to accept and receive her. The girl was not joining the others by sitting down at the table during dinnertime.”

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ITPC: the strength of collaboration

“Together as a coalition we are confident that, by the end of our two-year grant period, we will have strengthened collaboration and engagement between key affected population groups, health care service providers, organizations, and networks of PLWH.”

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MSMGF: changing HIV / AIDS laws

“For the first time, the Penal Code now includes language on sexual diversity, and there are strong penalties against people who engage in crimes of discrimination. For the first time, MSM are now included under “vulnerable populations” in the Penal Code.”

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NJ: Petty thief in Colon street

“When I met NJ, currently an active volunteer from ReYou, she was a young sex worker who injected drugs. NJ never knew her parents and was working as a petty thief in Colon Street. NJ’s growth impacted me very much and left a deep impression on me.”

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NSWP: sex worker in Zimbabwe

“The fact that sex work is criminalized in Zimbabwe makes sex workers at risk to many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. In most cases law enforcement agents use condoms as evidence for prostitution and destroy the condoms or take them away.”

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PATA: “Expert Patient Program”

“During my home visit work, I raise awareness about the importance of voluntary counseling testing. Once I met a 17 year-old teenager called O. who was very ill. O. believed that he was poisoned. I encouraged him to take the HIV test and he accepted.”

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Serbian women living with HIV

“I work for non-governmental organizations because of my HIV status and always thought that fighting for a better quality of life was a question of health. But I was very, very wrong. The most important is knowing how to fight for your rights.”

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Soraya: leaving the “streets”

“Soraya Squeff is 32 years old and spent 6 months in hospital after being diagnosed with HIV and TBC. Her partner left her when she was taken into hospital, leaving her in a very vulnerable situation. She had no place to live and suffered from financial problems.”

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