Screen_Shot_2014-12-01_at_8.28.03_PMAnd while most municipalities held its annual HIV health fair other activities were also geared towards the fight against the stigma and discrimination of the disease. For a handful of artistic students of the Orange Walk Technical High School partnering with the Orange Walk National Aids Commission to paint a mural was one of the activities they were engaged in. German Novelo who is a member of the Orange Walk National AIDS Commission elaborated on the murals’ depiction.


German Novelo – Member, NATIONAL AIDS COMMISSION, OW


“Orange Walk is partnered with the Orange Walk Technical High School to make a mural here in school and they really observe World Aids Day and they do different activities leading up to this day so this is also part of the activity and so this is what we are doing her today.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“What does the mural depict?”


German Novelo – Member, NATIONAL AIDS COMMISSION, OW


“The mural depict and it says Breaking the Barrier of Stigma and Discrimination; most of the time people with HIV are stigmatized and discriminated because being infected with HIV but what we want to portray through this mural is that we want to stop that and by stopping this we get to zero infections and zero related deaths and so this will allow people to be more open about their status to be able to receive proper treatment if they are infected or any kind of counselling and be more aware of the virus.”


Volunteering to lead the team of students was local artist Jesus “Chums” Melendez.

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