• We are the frontline | Voices from people on the frontline of HIV | World AIDS Day 2019

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    Support marginalised people on the frontline of HIV this World AIDS Day: www.frontlineaids.org/the-frontline

    The frontline of HIV is not a single, fixed thing or location; it is everywhere, across continents, spanning generations, and within different people and communities.

    Across the world, many of us live the fortunate side of the frontline, where we are heard, supported and championed. Some of us live the other side. Marginalised. Silenced.

    But it is communities who truly are the frontline of HIV.

    When we work together to secure a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere, communities make the difference.

    Video transcript:
    Being HIV-positive back then was like a death sentence. You only have something like 6 months to live.
    At that time, I felt that I was just waiting to die.
    I was going to, on average, three to four funerals a month.
    I was subject to gender-based violence. I was subjected to rape.
    There was no option. The community literally had to look after itself.
    It’s a terrible feeling to be marginalised. You feel like the whole world is against you.
    Frontline AIDS has managed to bring forward the issues of the community at the frontline.
    We are willing to fight for their health. We are willing to hold these governments and these states accountable.
    We moved from very dark times to really optimistic life, I would say.
    HIV is not over yet.
    The frontline moves and changes.
    The most marginalised people need our support.
    We have stand up for ourselves so that we can be able to say, ‘Yes I’m HIV-positive but I’ve got a life to live.’
    For people to use their voices, they must be free from persecution.
    We are at the frontline and we are creating change.
    “I am the frontline.”
    If we are supported, in a very small way, our voices will be heard.

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