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Barbara Kemigisa raises HIV awareness through making artifacts of ARV pill bottles
Kemigsa says she is open about her HIV status because she wants to live a free life and the her art also gives her a sense of purpose.

Stigma amongst people with HIV & AIDS is one of the biggest hinderances to treatment amongst people living with the disease.

Barbara Kemigisa, a young woman living with HIV, has come up with an effective method of reaching out to people living with HIV and the general public.

Kemigisa who is also an employee of Makerere University Business school in Nakawa has been doing awareness and advocacy work for seven years. She has adopted novelty to carry out her work by making artifacts and common pieces of household furniture from ARV pill bottles. 

Kemigisa's handiwork is not only practical but it also aims to raise HIV awareness through the messages that are inscribed all over the finished pieces of art.

For example, some of her rubbish bins that are placed at different places first attract attention because of their unique look but soon people also realise that their is a deeper message written on the bins.

Kemigsa says she is open about her HIV status because she wants to live a free life and the her art also gives her a sense of purpose.

Kemigisa says this initiative once improved, will help improve communication between people living with HIV and AIDS. She intends to spread a message of adherence to treatment which improves the health of HIV positive persons.