Saturday, September 11, 2010

Helping immigrants learn to talk openly about AIDS

African immigrants think HIV/AIDS is an automatic death sentence and don't want to talk about it. U.S. health service providers are trying to reach them and test and educate them. - - Donna Poisl

By Chantal Anderson, Special to The Seattle Times

For six months, the African woman debated whether to tell her sister, or anyone at all, that she had tested HIV-positive.

She feared the judgment of her relatives and fellow African immigrants.

Finally, as she and her sister faced each other on a small wooden bench in the living room of their apartment in Tukwila, she shared the news. Her sister's reaction was silence.

Then the sister asked her to move out. The sister's reasoning was brief: "You are putting me at risk, and my kids at risk, so I don't want you here."
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