April 25, 2012
First Religious Leader With HIV Speaks Out in Zimbabwe
For several years, the Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo has been the
only religious leader in Zimbabwe to openly speak about his HIV status, All
Africa reports. If others would disclose their status, he said, “things would
start to change.” After testing positive in 2004, Kapachawo was dismissed from
his Anglican ministry and spent two years fighting opportunistic infections.
After recovering and joining a network of religious leaders living with or
affected by HIV, he started a network in Zimbabwe and returned to Christian ministry
work. Kapachawo is now speaking out and hoping that other religious leaders will
join him and help fight stigma and discrimination.
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