Uganda Holds HIV-Positive Pageant
Can they remove the stigma? In a country where 1 in 14 adults is living with HIV or AIDS, advocates are fighting prejudice and misconceptions with a beauty pageant — complete with evening gowns and tiaras. The Kampala event hoped to highlight that HIV-positive Ugandans can be healthy and beautiful, and should not face discrimination from employers. The new “ambassadors” for acceptance, Mr. Y+ and Miss Y+, bested about 150 contestants and received scholarships — which winner Henry Kirabira, 24, says he will put to use to become an HIV/AIDS counselor.