The Adamawa branch of the Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) has expressed concern about the high level of stigmatisation in the state in Yola on Monday.
The state Coordinator of NEPWHAN, Sarah Adamu, said that people living with HIV and AIDS are constantly battling with stigmatisation in their communities and places of work.
“There is still high level of stigmatisation in the state particularly in the rural areas,” she said.
Ms. Adamu gave an example of ill treatment of persons living with HIV.
“There is a case of two persons living with HIV, dragged to court by their fathers-in-law in Madagali Local Government Area because of their status and NEPWHAN had to intervene,” she said.
She said discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS unfortunately occurs even at government establishments.
“There are also cases of stigmatisation and discrimination in government establishments, where our members are not included in activities.”
She called for media support in the campaign against stigmatisation and discrimination, pointing out that a lot should be done in the area of awareness particularly in the rural areas.
Ms. Adamu commended the government and other partners like Family Health International and Society for Family Health, for ensuring steady Anti-RetroViral (ARV) treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS.
She urged the government to establish more ARV centres in the state.
“We need more ARV centres, particularly in Ganye, Lamurde and Guyuk Local Government Areas.”