We are still facing the consequences of how HIV was first handled. I have reactions like HIV is not a big deal. But if it wasn't a big deal, we wouldn't still be talking about it. Now we have generations of people who have to unlearn information about HIV. That's why a campaign like this is important. Living with HIV is a rollercoaster. Life does not spare you because you are living with HIV. We spend our lives asking people to love us the way we are when we can't do the same for ourselves. Doreen
I grew up with my grandma because my mother and father separated when I was about two months old. I grew up without a close relationship with my mom up till today. I was just with my grandma and my dad. Things changed when I was in class 6, and my dad became abusive and would beat me when he came home drunk. Life wasn’t easy after that. The year I found out I was HIV positive in Form One was the same year my dad sexually violated me. I don’t know why he did that; he was in a lot of pain while I was growing up. I’m J.K, an 18-year-old girl from Kenya, and this is my story.
When I was 16, I started showing symptoms of Tuberculosis. When we went to the hospital to run some tests, we discovered I had both TB and HIV. It hurt. My first reaction was to cry. And the first question I asked the doctor was, “What will others say of me? Where am I going to say I got this?”
Bodytalk's new project YoungVoices: Aloud n Allowed will join The Access Challenge through the One By One 2030 initiative to fight HIV stigma. The objective is to increase the reach of information about the effects of HIV stigma on African youth aged 15 to 29 on digital media.
On Sunday, 27th February 2022, we had a physical closeout meeting of the HerVoice: Aloud |Allowed project supported by the #HerVoiceFund to support the meaningful engagement of adolescent girls and young women in decision making processes. This held with 7 AGYW who actively participated in the project, BodyTalk’s project lead, project officer and one of its volunteers. We had a recapitulation of all activities carried out to monitor and evaluate the outcomes we had at the end of the project and share experiences by the #AGYW.
A REPORT ON THE MEETING AT THE TIKO DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE, CMA HOLTHFORD On December 3rd 2021, four of our adolescent girls and young women, Luduida Ngon Dora, Christelle Besong and Abate Nalthei, including our project officer and fellow AGYW Thiam Emmanuelle, had a working visit to the Tiko District Health Service, at CMA Holforth, … Continue reading Adolescent girls and young women engaging district health representatives