Group of HIV+ widows out to change stigma, advocate living.

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A group of widows living with HIV in Migori County have formed a group to help end stigma against those affected by the virus and champion for healthy living.

The Ng’eyo Ngima Support Group in Awendo sub-county was started in 2017 with only six women, all widows affected by the virus and has grown to about 30 members.

The groups’ director Rose Ashley said the group was started after realizing most women who were affected by the virus were suffering from stigma especially after the death of their husbands.

She said the group offered a support which encouraged and counseled each other and encourage hospital visit in case of any opportunistic diseases found.

Ashley who was speaking in Obama village of Awendo sub-county during a meeting with members said they chose to start the group as stigma and misinformation is still high in the county for those living with HIV/AIDS. 

Mary Odero, chairlady said they always come together to console whenever a member is emotionally down.

She said the number is expected to grow as more members are willing to join.

By LTN Reporter