Oscar Otim is Changing the Narrative from HIV Stigma to Empowerment

January 5th, 2021 | Story

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Contestants perform during the pageant. / UNYPA

Contestants perform during the pageant. / UNYPA

Oscar, in his winner’s sash, is ready to spread positive messages about being HIV-positive. / Angela Kateemu, USAID RHITES-North Lango Activity

Oscar, in his winner’s sash, is ready to spread positive messages about being HIV-positive. / Angela Kateemu, USAID RHITES-North Lango Activity

Finding out he was HIV positive

“I was incredulous! I was thinking, ‘Why am I being sent for an HIV test when I have never even had sex?’ ” he said.

Peer- to-peer support
With an air of humility and a soft yet persuasive nature, Oscar hopes to draw the attention of people in positions of power to address the challenges of young people living with HIV. / UNYPA

With an air of humility and a soft yet persuasive nature, Oscar hopes to draw the attention of people in positions of power to address the challenges of young people living with HIV. / UNYPA

Written by Angela Kateemu, USAID, and originally posted by USAID on Medium.

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