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Participants seek law against stigmatisation of PLWAs

Awka—Participants at a workshop on HIV and AIDS have called for a strict enforcement of the legislation on stigmatisation of People Living With HIV and AIDS (PLWA).

They said this would enable the affected persons to be fully reintegrated into the society.

The call is contained in a communique issued yesterday in Awka, Anambra State at the end of a two-day workshop on “Effective Reporting of HIV/AIDS ,”

The participants called on governments to provide more health facilities, including the CD4 count machines and anti-retroviral drugs to contain the number of people declaring their HIV status.

They advised governments and agencies to avoid blowing the spread of HIV/AIDS out of proportion and also urged journalists  not to constitute a hindrance in reporting the disease.

“A more in-depth research on the use and effect of anti-retroviral drugs should also be carried out. Since the solution to HIV/AIDS problem is in communication, the media should continue the enlightenment and dissemination on HIV/AIDS virus transmission to the impressionable age bracket of 15 years to 24 years,” the communique stated.


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