Warding off words and whips
Living with AIDS Programme 82

Stigma and discrimination are sadly all too often associated with HIV/AIDS. In this audio report two women who are open about their HIV positive status recount their experiences at the hands of neighbours. Nontsikelelo endured a prolonged beating with a sjambok, but fought off a man who attempted to rape her, claiming he wanted to “taste” what it was like to have sex with someone who has HIV. Zoleka was sworn at and had her house damaged by neighbours jealous of her life who claimed she didn’t deserve to be happy as she was a “walking coffin”. Mandla Majola of the Treatment Action Campaign speaks out about the need for perpetrators to be brought to book.

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