For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues – it's the emotional ones. In parts of the world where effective HIV treatment is readily available, HIV is now considered a chronic disease, much like diabetes. But unlike diabetes, much social stigma is attached to being HIV positive. Even though having HIV doesn't make you a bad person, unfortunately there are many people – most of them ignorant of the facts about HIV – that still discriminate against HIV simply because of their status.
The JACQUES Initiative provides a wide range of services to the community, including testing, primary care, treatment support and case management.