A poster by South Sudanese artist Semedi Sey, entitled ‘Stop Discrimination against HIV/AIDS positive people’.
‘Aike’ is a young woman who contracts the virus when visiting Arua. The song then describes her life as HIV/AIDS positive person, and the challenges she faces.
Living as an HIV/AIDS patient in South Sudan means, in most cases, facing discrimination and rejection of the community. The virus carrier has to deal with the challenges of the disease itself, and as well, the stereotypical images attached to it.
HIV/AIDS patients, aware of this discrimination, choose sometimes not to reveal their status, risking a wider spread of the disease.
Anti retroviral therapy is present in South Sudan, but is far from covering the rising number of patients. With a prevalence rate of 3%, lower than in South Sudan’s neighbouring countries, the new state is yet to adapt its capacities to deal with the epidemic, as only few years back, HIV/AIDS was almost inexistent.
‘Aike’ relates to the lives of many women in South Sudan and aims to push for awareness and to stop discrimination against HIV/ADIS positive persons.