Battling AIDS’ Stigma in Egypt

By Laura Sheahen

“In the late 1990s, I would just give my patients counseling and pray with them, because there was no treatment here,” says Kozman. In 2003, Kozman brought two HIV-positive Egyptian men to an AIDS conference in Kampala, Uganda. There, they met HIV-positive Sudanese men who had been alive for a decade.
The Egyptian men wept, remembers Kozman. “They realized, ‘This is not the end of my life.’ ” In 2004, antiretroviral drugs became more widely available in Egypt.

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