When the public first became aware of HIV through the media, we were told that it was an incurable disease and there was no hope for those who acquired it.
Now, we know that HIV is a treatable disease and people living with it can lead normal lives – but this message does not seem to have reached the masses. People remain scared of HIV, they believe they can catch it easily and this fear leads to discrimination.
It is misinformation like this that can do harm. The spread of HIV is preventable and we have the power to reduce the transmission rate.
We must make condoms and sexual and reproductive health information more available to people in order for them to protect themselves though safe sex, and end the discrimination that those affected face.
© Ma Nwe 2018 | PhotoVoice | International HIV/AIDS Alliance | ‘PITCH’ | Myanmar