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For example, female sex workers articulate feeling uncomfortable in support groups for women living with HIV as they are not accepted and have to hide their identity as a sex worker in order to ‘fit in’. Stigma invokes powerful psychological feelings in people living with HIV and AIDS, including how people view themselves: in other words, internalized stigma. For example, the belief that many women living with HIV have internalized and absorbed from broader society that it is ‘wrong’ for them to want to have children.

South Africa provided an extreme example of denialism and lack of action, yet the leaders of most countries have been slow to act to HIV, and whilst pushes from civil society and UN agencies have resulted in greater leadership nationally and globally, it is evident that full-scale responses to the pandemics were not introduced at the optimal time. Economic impacts Severe economic impacts in Africa as a result of HIV and AIDS are already being experienced. The longer term effects will vary per country and are very much dependent on the severity of the epidemic as well as the structure of the national economies (Stover and Bollinger, 2006).

They say loudly ‘These ones they are selling themselves’. So now, the young sex workers won’t go to the hospital because they are scared. Some women have chosen to die with no ARVs rather than go there, Making the Case: Why a Feminist Response is Necessary 41 because if you are a sex worker and HIVϩ, you are in for it! They get angry at you if you are not using condoms, but we tell them: give us the skills to negotiate using a condom. We want these skills because we can see that like this we are dying slowly but surely (Rashida in Crago and Arnott, 2008, p.

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