Zaind (not his real name) is a 30 year old HIV positive gay man. Like many from Ghana’s LGBT community, he has faced discrimination from health workers: “The first time I went to the hospital, I met one nurse, and told that nurse the reason why I fell sick, but I was not pleased with how the nurse welcome me and chastised me with the bible preaching.” Zaind also faced bigotry from those he thought closest to him. He told his mother he was HIV positive: “My mother told me am not part of her children. She has said that this am doing is a curse.” Ghana, Accra. 15 March, 2018. Photo Robin Hammond/Witness Change

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“My name is Zaind from Ghana, I am 30 years old and am a homosexual. And I started homosexuality at the age of 16 years, I was schooling and I was in JSS at that time. I became a homosexual because my family didn’t have money to send me to school. I then met a certain man at school who decided to help me complete my school. After that, he told me he will do something with me before I become a homosexual and I agreed because of financial issues, so he did it with me. After that, I became interested in homosexuality, and to do it with other people. But in this community or in Ghana, it is not easy to be a homosexual because you go through a lot of things. Which is, people laugh at you, people beat you and people insult you. Even the first day I went to the hospital to get myself treated, when they realized I was a homosexual it wasn’t easy. The way they spoke bad things about me and the things they did to me, it wasn’t easy. So in Ghana, if you are a homosexual you won’t get things easy. Especially in the community you live or anywhere you are, you won’t get things easy.”

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