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Sep 13, 2017

Our real problem is the stigma

Evidence has shown that HIV is a manageable condition, but our real problem is the stigma. People are scared of being tested - they fear of being discriminated or rejected. In our work we train religious leaders and help them to spread messages of hope and life. For a long time the church had very judgmental messages and they responded to HIV in a very distracting ways, like saying that HIV is a punishment from God. But today we are able to say that HIV is a manageable virus, and the church is supposed to be involved in supporting people to get tested and if tested HIV positive, to get treatment. (By Phumzile Mabizela)

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