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From: Migration – Footsteps 78

Considers some of the positive and negative aspects of migration

The AIDS pandemic is a cause of migration. For example, people living with HIV might move to avoid stigma by their community or return to rural homes for support when they become sick. People also often migrate after the death of their partner and orphaned children might move to be with family or to find work.

Increased vulnerability

Migrants are often particularly vulnerable to HIV. For example:

Migrants living with HIV

Migrants often lack access to healthcare services and may be missed out of national HIV responses. Migrants who are already on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment may face particular challenges. ARV medicines need to be taken every day, along with safe water and good nutrition, if they are to be effective. Treatment may be disrupted for those forced to flee their homes because of conflict or a natural disaster.

Fiona Perry is Tearfund’s Disaster Management HIV and AIDS Co-ordinator.

Email: fiona.perry@tearfund.org  

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