HIV stigma and discrimination violates human rights ~ H.E Yoweri K Museveni

The President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni explained to the public what is widely known as HIV stigma and discrimination further than ever

Publishing negative stories on people living with HIV is a huge and destructive move that makes it harder for people around the country who haven’t disclosed to the public not to do so

Due to the absence of the right HIV information in public, more people are vulnerable to contracting HIV and the funding is still not enough, and Civil Society Organizations are no longer able to provide enough public lectures in their communities about the spread of HIV 

Over three decades, Human Rights activists have presented a perfect demonstration of the resilience of the HIV community fight but the way media reports about the epidemic everyone seems to be devastated

The miscommunication on HIV in media takes an enormous toll on individuals, communities. We must not continue to tolerate this problem, the government needs to strengthen laws and policies

For a too long time, Uganda has accepted HIV stigma and discrimination realities as inevitable but with the right information these can be overcome

But the question remains, when will negative acts stop in the eyes of the public? Creating a space for people to disclose their health status helps in curbing HIV.

Here is the president of Uganda talking about HIV stigma and discrimination.

Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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