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Compared to many developing countries, HIV prevalence in Nepal is low. Yet there are deep and complex problems around HIV. Stigma remains a huge problem. People living with HIV say they have faced enormous discrimination, including being ostracized by their ...
Milan Khadka once suffered discrimination within his community when they found out he was living with HIV. He is now a community home-based care mobiliser with Family Planning Association of Nepal. He uses his music to educate the youth about HIV and to confront the stigma around HIV.
After being diagnosed with HIV, Lakshmi received training and information on HIV and has since dedicated her life to supporting people with HIV.
Many people do not know they are living with HIV until they are tested at their local hospital, usually for a non-related accident or procedure.
The UN estimates that 150,000 people are trafficked in South Asia each year, the few women and girls that are rescued return home and are diagnosed with HIV.
People diagnosed with HIV are often ostracised from their community and are faced with the threat of violence.
Youth volunteers are leading the the fight for comprehensive sexuality education in schools.
"Before, the community had very little knowledge regarding HIV and there used to be so much stigma and discrimination"
Sajana Kergi is a peer educator at FPAN in Bhaktapur, Nepal, where she helps deliver a safe space for rural girls to openly discuss sexual health and sexuality.
Sharad Kumar Argal, FPAN Kathmandu Valley branch manager shares his story on how youth programmes are saving the lives of pregnant teens who feel like they have no options left but suicide.