UNICEF/NYHQ2007-1578/Asselin,A nurse draws
blood from a pregnant woman for an HIV
test in Adja-Ouere, Benin.
By Alex Duval Smith
ABOMEY, Benin, 8 March 2012 – “Shh! Please, there should be no mention of 'it' in the street,” said 20-year-old Leonie Sossou* as she lead visitors to her home.
In this West African country, the silence around HIV is as stifling as the Harmattan wind blowing from the desert.
At 1.2 per cent, HIV prevalence in Benin is one of the lowest in African but entrenched stigma against people living with HIV have forced UNICEF and the Government of Benin to find innovative ways to combat the disease and support those affected by it.
A disproportional burden
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