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Enduring HIV Stigma in Cameroon

January 30, 2014

This article was reported by IRIN.

IRIN recently reported that HIV-infected people in Cameroon experience widespread stigma and discrimination. According to statistics from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, approximately 600,000 Cameroonians are HIV-positive and the prevalence of the disease is 4.5 percent. Isaac Bissala, head of the Cameroon Workers' Union, noted that myths and discrimination persisted in spite of the government making antiretroviral therapy free, decentralizing treatment centers, and establishing HIV/AIDS support programs. Bissala explained that although the labor code forbids discrimination at work in education, business, and service provision, certain places define HIV as a disability. These include financial institutions and some professions such as health and military.

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