Mombasa,KENYA:As the world today (Thursday) observes World AIDS day, Kenyans have been urged to end stigmatization of people living with HIV.
In an event was organized by KENGEN in Kipevu Changamwe, Sub county, residents were urged to end stigmatization of persons living with the virus in order help in curbing the spread of the virus.
Statistics from the National Aids Control Council, indicate Changamwe as second in the number of new HIV infections in Mombasa County after Likoni sub-county.
KENGEN acting operations manager Engineer Ochar, said the company was committed in the fight against HIV/AIDs by holding awareness campaigns in the society.
“KENGEN in collaboration with the government are out to ensure that we talk about HIV/AIDs, as we believe parents who get this information will pass it to their children.’ he said.
Elizabeth Samba one of the speakers who has been living with HIV/AIDs for more than 15 years, urged the residents to end stigmatization so as to encourage those living with the virus to come out publicly to help curb spread of the virus.
“Being positive is not the end .Lets end stigmatization so that we can help curb the virus.” She added.
“The virus has no special mark so if they do not speak publicly nobody will know that they have it and that can only happen if we embrace those with the virus.” said Samba.
Meanwhile Changamwe County deputy Commissioner Ms Monica Thiong’o vowed curb cases of defilement and rape in the area so as to help curb the spread of the virus.
“The rate of defilement in Changamwe is worrying and we are working on curbing that so as to prevent new infections” Ms Thiong’o said.