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Awareness Campaign Working To Reduce HIV/AIDS Stigma In Somalia

Al Jazeera examines the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Somalia and how an “aggressive awareness campaign” is helping people living with the disease seek treatment. The South Central Relief Network (SCRN), which launched the campaign, operates an HIV/AIDS clinic in Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital and currently “provides free treatment to 132 patients who are HIV-positive,” the news service notes. “In Somalia, HIV/AIDS is associated with promiscuity and in conservative Muslim society, it’s proving difficult to convince many to come out and seek treatment,” Al Jazeera writes, adding, “Despite such [campaigns] by the government and local organizations, it may be a long time before the stigma and fear associated with HIV/AIDS in Somalia is overcome” (Mohamed, 9/29).