By Justus Lyatuu
Ever since HIV/Aids became a pandemic characterising sub-Saharan Africa, stigma has proven to be a barrier to successful intervention.
Existing social inequalities based on, among other things, gender and age, reinforce stigma, a form of prejudice that comes with shaming HIV patients. Peter Odwor, 56, has been living with HIV/Aids for some time and shares the effects of stigma if a person living with HIV is not strong or if they don't get support.
Odwor said he once went to withdraw money from a bank and on returning to his workplace, he saw people pointing fingers at him; apparently, news had spread of his HIV status, which he had not disclosed to anybody at his workplace.