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Cati: Living With HIV Not Easy

Living with HIV (human Immunodeficiency Virus) for the past 20 years has not been an easy journey for Jokapeci Tuberi Cati, who has fought all odds which came her way.
30 Jun 2017 10:00
Cati: Living With HIV Not Easy
L-R: Jokapeci Cati with her son Suliasi Vukialau at the National HIV Testing Day at Sukuna Park on June 27, 2017. Photo: Mere Satakala

Living with HIV (human Immunodeficiency Virus) for the past 20 years has not been an easy journey for Jokapeci Tuberi Cati, who has fought all odds which came her way.

Ms Cati was infected in 1999, went on to have three children (none are infected) and graduated with a degree last year as well.

She now works as a regional coordinator for HIV Stigma Index and encourages the public especially young people to get tested.

“I was infected in 1999 and was diagnosed in 2002 so I think what really pushed me forth was the absence of services and a positive attitude towards people living with HIV back then,” said Ms Cati.

“Family and community support is paramount and I have pulled through because of them,” she said.

Ms Cati was part of the National HIV Testing Day on Tuesday. The event was facilitated by FJN+ with the support from WHO, UNICEF, Empower Pacific, Medical Services Pacific (MSP), and the Ministry of Health were part of the event as members of the public took advantage of the free HIV testing.

It’s been more than 10 years since they had the last celebration held at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva.

National HIV Testing Day was celebrated on Tuesday worldwide with the theme ‘Know Your Status’.

 

BACKGROUND:

             The People Living with HIV Stigma Index provides a tool that measures and detects changing trends in relation to stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV.

             It aims to address stigma relating to HIV while also advocating on the key barriers and issues perpetuating stigma – a key obstacle to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support.

             The project began in 2008

             As of 1989 – February 2017 there are 747 confirmed cases of HIV in Fiji from the statistics accumulated so far.



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