11/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Reversing The Stigma Of HIV In Jamaica: Ida's Story (VIDEO)

Ida Northover is known fondly in her community as "Miss Gene." She is a volunteer community leader battling stigma and discrimination in one of the poorest inner city communities on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica. Miss Gene's leadership has proven to be a successful model for encouraging tolerance and support for people living with HIV.

Correspondent Lisa Biagiotti, producer Micah Fink and director of photography Gabrielle Weiss report on how Jamaica's national AIDS program is targeting community leaders like Ida Northover to educate people about HIV and change the stigma surrounding the disease.

For more on HIV, AIDS and homophobia in Jamaica, visit The Glass Closet, a multimedia project produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


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