The ideal of Worlds AIDS Day is one often told but hardly realized. With-it is the gospel to abstain for safety, the conversation of love and zero stigmatization. And then, the talk of testing coupled with the walk of treating and dialogue of faithfulness.
Along the way again comes another Worlds AIDS Day, all our praises, solidarity and support on media platforms, and soon after, we’re back to discrimination. In this, we mock and not dine with those infected. Isolating them in kitchens to scramble for the remaining pieces while we dine on high tables. And when they come knocking in response to our job advertisements, we say. ‘we’ll get back to you and never do we.
Oh, we’ve painted this disease with a face like it is so communicable that we can’t laugh with the infected. Like it’s criminal and we can’t associate with the exposed. And when they pull out their drugs we all act like we’re threatened. Yet worse when they disclose their positive status we start creating a distance.
Then we sit and wait for another 1st of December, which always is a day to remember, a day to practice and expose our betrayal, a day to declare and make known our support and love for the infected, a day we all pledge and proclaim to end stigmatization. That day, we call upon our friends and acquaintances, we send messages, post on our social media platforms, we say and pledge, show and prove solidarity and togetherness.
And there comes the government calling for another function, in it, it makes promises, big and small, we all still wait to realize. And while in waiting there comes to cooperate companies, those that publicly show support and solidarity in abundance, but in darkness fire, positive employees with pretexts as you may imagine.
So, as we’ve honoured this Worlds AIDS Day, may we remember all the messages, solidarity and support, that we may practice rightfully hereafter and renew on the next 1st December.
BARYAMUJURA MAHAD, A passionate writer and speaker