This Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, photo shows a drawer full of medications and CDs of a popular Egyptian Muslim preacher belonging to Ahmed, who is living with HIV, at his home in Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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She passed away recently, and now he wants to leave Egypt. He can no longer stand the social stigma around HIV and AIDS.Ahmad spoke to the Associated Press on condition that his full name not be used, details of his life not be given, and his face not be shown in photos – a sign of how overwhelming the stigma remains here 30 years after the first case of HIV infection was discovered in Egypt. Egypt has one of the lowest rates of HIV infection in the world, at less than 0.02 percent of the population.Now only her parents, her two sons and her co-workers know she is HIV-positive.She and Ahmad now work for the biggest of the few groups in Egypt that look after those living with HIV and AIDS, the Roaya Association for Integrated Development. The organization aims to spread awareness, break social taboos and train hospital staffers on how to deal with HIV-positive people.
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