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
When it comes to HIV, I think most people have information about the transmission of HIV; however, when it comes to living with HIV and living with people living with HIV, we still have a challenge and stigma sets in. There is still a lot of fear, so much so that people living with HIV hide their statuses, and when family members find out, they are stigmatized. Even though people claim to know about HIV and do their tests regularly, they still have little or no idea how to help those infected.' Habiba
J is a young Cameroonian peer educator and clinical mentor for young people living with HIV. Despite his active involvement in the fight against HIV, he prefers to keep his status secret for fear of judgement. J agreed to share his story with us anonymously in the hope that it makes a difference. J's story is the first in a series of five stories young people we shall publish to show how stigma manifests.
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.
I've heard really weird things about menstruation in my day but when I asked the ladies on BodyTalk to ask me questions about menstruation, I got quite a handful. So I tried to answer them as best as I could. Is menstrual blood is waste blood? There is no such thing as 'waste' blood. Can … Continue reading FAQS on Menstruation: The funny, the weird and the needful.
We may pick off from somewhere and some may not pick up at all. The day came when the news of what was basically rumors became my reality. First it was one then two and subsequently hundreds. 'Stay home' they said, 'avoid over crowding, wear a face mask. If you have symptoms, seek for help'. … Continue reading Forethought: How to Avoid Period Emergencies