HIV stigma in Uganda puts mothers and babies at risk

By Alex Whiting LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Juliet Nalumu, overjoyed at her first pregnancy, visited her local hospital in eastern Uganda for a check-up, it turned into one of the worst days of her life. “I was his third wife, and the youngest, so by going home and telling him I was HIV positive, both he and his other wives would believe I’d brought the infection into the family.” “They’d probably chase me out of the house. Nalumu’s story is not unusual in eastern Uganda – and in many parts of Africa – where women are entirely dependent on their husbands for food, shelter and medicine, and where stigma against AIDS is common.
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