HIV and AIDS

Girls blamed for HIV
Living with AIDS programme 55

In Umzimkulu in the former Transkei, chiefs and pastors chastise the youth for contracting HIV and reprimand them at funerals as they bury those who have died. In this judgemental environment, very few young people will test for HIV, let alone disclose their status. Nozuko Ngcaweni is a remarkable exception. She is determined not only to speak out, but to educate her community so that midwives can take precautions when delivering babies and parents and children can begin to talk to each other.

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