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Somalis with HIV go it alone
« on: June 14, 2011, 10:18:14 PM »
NAIROBI (AlertNet) – Thrown out of home for being HIV positive, Faduma Adan left Somalia through bandit-ridden land to seek medical help in Kenya, away from her hometown where elders propose camels milk and urine as treatments for the disease.

The 25-year old had decided to get an HIV test after she had been sick for a long time. She had sores on her lips, blackened skin, and was unable to eat.

“I feel lonely. I don’t have friends,” Adan, whose parents had chased her away, told Alertnet by phone from her Somali hometown of Kismayu. “People isolate you if they know that you are HIV positive and a woman. They think that you are a prostitute.”

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