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World Aids Day: Stigma and Discrimination Concerns

by Martha Louis – EM TV News, Lae

Rodney Mukinere, a person living with HIV and Aids for 15 years now, has spoken from his experience that people living with HIV and Aids continue to be discriminated.

The general public is still not aware of the HIV and Aids Management and Prevention Act that says no to stigma and discrimination.

Those living with HIV and Aids in the communities continue to be mistreated.

Because of the lack of knowledge and ignorance people often mistreat those living with HIV and Aids.

Mukinere also works for the Business Coalition Against HIV and Aids.

He said a lot of the business houses are not taking the matter seriously when it comes to their employees’ welfare.

The Business Coalition Against HIV and Aids had also approached business houses in the city to take part in the World Aids Day today.

But, most of the business houses refused, as it is within the normal working hours.

Mukinere is also calling on the national government to implement a law for business houses to follow.

He said the law must look at protecting the employees’ welfare. In particular, people living with HIV and Aids.

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