India needs to accept people living with HIV
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Social stigma forces people living with HIV into the shadows
Indian nursing students take out a public rally to raise awareness on World AIDS Day in Bangalore on Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
World AIDS Day every Dec. 1 is celebrated as an occasion for people to unite and fight HIV but any achievement in fighting the virus is often nullified by the widespread discrimination and stigma people with the disease have to live with.
The Infant Jesus Children’s Home in Kothanur, near Bangalore, is home to 85 children and 35 women living with HIV. The youngest resident is 18 months old.
The children are orphans. Their guardians have had to leave them at the home because they cannot grow up like other children because of widespread discrimination, according to Sister Litty, a nun from the local Deena Seva Sabha congregation that manages the home.
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