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High rate of discrimination in RSLAF Army picks says NETHIPS director

High rate of discrimination in RSLAF Army picks says NETHIPS director

The network of HIV Positive in Sierra Leone (NETHIPS) Executive Director Mr. Idrissa Songo has disclosed to journalists at his office at 114 Pademba Road, Freetown, that there is high stigma and discrimination in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).

According to Mr. Songo this kind of discrimination in the Army is against the human right of the individual adding if you are being selected to go on a course and you have been tested  HIV positive you will be dropped for that course, which is not good.

He added that the training was to help the press to sensitize the public not to name, segregate, shame, provoke to anger, discriminate, or stigmatize an HIV positive victim as discrimination will lead to violence and war.

He maintained that people stigmatize people living with HIV because they are not really well informed as the world is now saying no to stigmatization. He warned the public not to risk having sex but to have safer sex which is to use condoms and distributed condoms among journalists.

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