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A Call For Help

A HIV advocate, Rebecca Kubunavanua, is calling on the public to include people with the HIV virus in the fight against AIDS. The 37-year-old, during the World AIDS Day celebration
03 Dec 2015 10:06
A Call For Help
Labasa Sangam Student Nurses help advocate against AIDS.

A HIV advocate, Rebecca Kubunavanua, is calling on the public to include people with the HIV virus in the fight against AIDS.
The 37-year-old, during the World AIDS Day celebration in Labasa on Tuesday, boldly confirmed that she is one of the 647 confirmed HIV cases in Fiji.
“I simply want to encourage HIV victims and families in the North to accept their situation and move forward,” Ms Kubunavanua said.
“Being a mother, woman, and widow with HIV is not easy. My experience was a struggle until I realised that there must be others out there who are also facing what I faced and they need a voice to stand up for them.”
Ms Kubunavanua said she had been living with the virus for nine years and she has been advocating for victims and their families to accept their situation and move forward.
“People living with HIV virus need a voice to stand up for them because they are in fear of rejection from the community.
“Yes, there are education systems in schools and advocacy awareness programmes that teach communities to accept and understand victims. It has not been wholeheartedly acted out enough, so people with HIV can be bold enough to stand up in public or in their communities.
“Many of us living with HIV do not die early because of the virus. We die because of the lack of acceptance from our communities. We struggle to keep ourselves in hiding in fear of rejection from our family and community members.
“All we need is love, respect, and understanding and for people to treat people with HIV like the way they treat other people without HIV,” she said.



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