Experts seek improved awareness to tackle discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS
As part of efforts to tackle HIV/AIDS, experts in the Nigerian healthcare sector have called for improved education on the disease to enable the country achieve zero discrimination against person living with the virus.
The experts who spoke at a media and youth forum organised by the Nigerian Business Coalition Against AIDS (NIBUCAA) in collaboration with Hacey Health Initiative and Access Bank in commemoration of the 2019 Zero Discrimination Day against persons living with the disease also called for concerted actions to tackle the issue.
Founder, Sustainable Impact and Development Initiative for Adolescent and Youth, Elizabeth Williams, said, “We need to educate our people about the wrong misconceptions and myths against people living with HIV/AIDS which have continued to fuel discrimination.” She urged persons living with the virus to fight for their rights within the law.
Also speaking, a reporter with the Nation Newspapers, Adegboye Fredrick, who has been living with the virus since 2003, said he has faced lots of discrimination since knowing his status. Fredrick said he has not experienced any work place discrimination since working but narrated his ordeal as a student at the Nigeria Institute of Journalism as his admission was revoked but was later reinstated after an NGO stepped in. He noted that he was able to conquer stigmatisation because he never stigmatised himself.
Executive Secretary of NIBUCAA, Gbenga Alabi, said everyone can play a part in ending discrimination and make a difference.
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