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Stigma

SHONTAIYA

Sadly stigma and marginalization are a common feature of living with HIV, this was the case in the 1980s and it continues to negatively impact women with HIV:

“So I used to get hurt a bit when the kids were little, and they found it difficult to tell their friends, or they would tell their friends, and then it would bounce back, or come up on Facebook and stuff. I was more hurt back then, which you knew me back then…I moved up to Queensland with a partner who decided to throw me out once I got the place all setup. I did lots of work and renovations and stuff and then he decided that I was positive and he didn’t want anyone in the small town to know so he just booted me out about 4 months ago.”

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