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.