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FLAIR Mailbag - Readers' responses to ....diary of an HIV-positive, pregnant girl
published: Monday | October 20, 2008

My heart breaks

I have been following your series on Gabrielle's plight, and I must say that my heart breaks with each instalment. I am amazed at the lack of services, programmes and policies that are available for Jamaicans who are HIV positive.

I know that HIV/AIDS is still a 'closeted' issue in Jamaica, and that the stigma that is attached makes it more difficult for affected individuals to seek help. I think we need to educate ourselves and take the necessary steps to improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens who are coping with HIV/AIDS.

I know pride is the double-edged sword that is embedded in the Jamaican culture, but I do believe it is time for us to take a stand on the issue. My prayers go out to Gabrielle and her family.

- SW, Jamaican living in the United States of America

So unfortunate

I have been following your articles regarding this HIV-positive, pregnant young woman. My heart goes out to her everytime I see your follow-up stories about her. I can't imagine being in her situation because I would probably not be as strong as she is.

It is so unfortunate that people are still so arrogant toward people living with HIV/AIDS. I have never been affected by the disease in any way. Nor have any of my family or friends, but I know that, just like any life-threatening disease, people need all the support they can get to keep on going from day to day.

Thank you for your good work in publishing these articles so we can all get the opportunity to lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

- CW, USA

Jesus cares

Please give my love to Gabrielle. Jesus cares, even if some of his pastors don't.

At this stage, all I can offer is my encouragement and prayers and to let her know that there are people out there who genuinely care also.

- WH, Jamaica

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