A “peer educator” talks to his associates about using condoms to avoid the risk of HIV infection

 

People living with HIV face day to day obstacles in living with their illness that many people would find hard to imagine. Prejudice against people with HIV is still found in hospitals and clinics. Women widowed by HIV are faced with illegal eviction from their homes. Children born with HIV are openly abused by teachers and classmates, leading them to drop out before they have attained even the most basic education.

Working with federations and self-help groups, we tell women about their sexual and reproductive rights and how to reduce vulnerability to HIV/Aids.

  • We try to ensure HIV affected families do not suffer discrimination and receive the welfare benefits they are entitled to.
  • We support an association of HIV positive people and encourage HIV positive people to join. This association has a good record in obtaining rights and entitlements for those affected by HIV.
  • We urge HIV positive people to speak out in village meetings against discrimination and to demand fair treatment. This also increases public awareness of HIV and helps in prevention.
  • We ensure condoms are readily available and train male volunteers as safe-sex promoters. They persuade their peers to use condoms to reduce the risk to themselves and their families.
  • We identify and support families at risk and aim to reduce vulnerability by offering counselling and credit that can lessen financial dependence.
  • We support a programme across eight districts that aims to reduce mother to child transmission of HIV. Read more
Case study – Nagarlakshmi