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Stigma Is Still An Issue In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

As well celebrate the worlds Aids day, victims have come out to say that stigma is still one of those issues they still have to fight with in this time and era. Up to now there are people who think once someone has contracted Aids, they ought to be isolated.

In some areas especially rural places, people still don’t want to associate with anyone who says they has Aids. This clearly means the ministry of health has a lot of work to do when it comes to sensitization.

Sensitization has been so concentrated in the urban areas and yet rural areas need it more. In the thing about urban areas is that people are more exposed and have quick access to information which means they know how Aids is contracted. This is not the case in most rural areas where some people think just by standing next to an Aids victim is enough to contract the disease.

When it comes to access to ARVs, that is also another topic on its own. Much as the government says there is free access to these medicines, some patients have confessed to have spent some money to access this medication because they need it. This means little is being done when it comes to monitoring how these ARVs are distributed.

This year as the lock down was being implemented, the government didn’t put in place measures by which Aids victims would be accessing their medication. So many of them complained and actually some lost their lives due to irregularities in their drug taking.

Some thing should be done about stigma, access to ARVs and all other services so that these people can feel comfortable.

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