This year, a woman in Tajikistan was sentenced to prison for infecting her child with HIV. Her conviction came from the revival of an old law that hadn’t been put into practice much. But with increased stigmatization and criminalization of HIV in Tajikistan, Article 125 has found its way into the courts again.
In Tajikistan, the complex history behind the rise of HIV rates, along with a vast lack of knowledge about its transmission and protection measures, contributes to a complicated landscape of perception and stigmatization.
To tell this story, Karen Cirillo, Digital Communications for UNDP Eurasia chose to work with Nicolas Journoud, a graphic illustrator to capture the complexity, while protecting the identities of those whose stories we wanted to share.