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The number of people infected with HIV keeps going up, and Malaysia needs to intensify prevention and education efforts in HIV/AIDS work, reminded Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, as nominations are called for the Dr Siti Hasmah Award which recognises excellence in HIV/AIDS work. IVY SOON reports.
Standard Chartered declared June 24 as its AIDS day recently where employees held HIV/AIDS-related programmes worldwide. Ugandan Theopista Ntale Sekitto was here as an HIV champion to share her touching story as someone greatly affected by the disease, writes WONG LI ZA.
Life does not end because one has HIV. But to be able to remain healthy and productive - and even get a shot at love - one must have access to the right drugs and have care and support, as two people tell AUDREY EDWARDS.
Life-saving drugs required by HIV patients are expensive which is why the Malaysian AIDS Foundation has a drug assistance scheme, reports AUDREY EDWARDS.