Example: Turning an obstacle into an opportunity
In 1992, a young Brazilian girl was kept out of primary
school because she was HIV positive. The incident, which occurred in S o Paulo
where the bulk of Brazils AIDS cases were concentrated at the time, put
the spotlight on discrimination against all people living with HIV.
AIDS activists inside and outside the government joined with
the media to bring the case to public attention. They used it to build public
pressure for a more supportive environment for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The S o Paulo school system was especially responsive - it has now developed a
comprehensive sexual health education syllabus, and supports access for children
affected by HIV.
The pressure built around the case continues to have an
effect; although the girl has now died, an annual award is given in her name for
work in reducing the transmission of HIV and its