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Sabotaging stigma

IN the heart of Kuala Lumpur lies a safe haven for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their family members. Fourteen-year-old Hawa (not her real name) comes here after school and spends time with the volunteers. “I feel happy to be here. I get to meet people, talk to them, learn how to use the […]

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#RAGEchat: #WorldAIDSDay

ACCORDING to Rumah Solehah (a home for women and children living with HIV) project coordinator Fathiiah Hamzah, ignorance on HIV and AIDS-related issues is still prevalent among young people. The statistics released by the Malaysian AIDS Council’s Red Ribbon Youth Club shows that for every four cases of new HIV infection in 2011, one was […]

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Advocating awareness

By SHARMILA NAIR and ANGELIN YEOH alltherage@thestar.com.my YOU are HIV positive. Don’t touch us!” That is one of the taunts 13-year-old Alina has to endure every time she gets into an argument with her schoolmates. “They promised they won’t tell anyone, but whenever we argue, that’s the first thing they point out,” said a Alina, […]

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Spread it wisely

By NIKI CHEONG alltherage@thestar.com.my A COUPLE of weeks ago, I was informed that my friend – Paul (not his real name) – in London was recently diagnosed with HIV. The person who told me, however, did not personally know Paul, but had read the news on his Twitter feed instead. This led to a long […]

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Star power

IF THERE is one thing celebrities are good at, it is to rally for a good cause.

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Let’s talk

After working on stories about sex parties, college sex tapes and the crazy lifestyles of college students, I made a shocking discovery…

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