Living with HIV/AIDS can present many challenges to those suffering from the condition.
During her semester abroad with SIT in Vietnam, Lillie Fleshler’s Independent Study Project allowed her to learn more about the effects that HIV/AIDS can have on families and their children in the areas surrounding Ho Chi Minh City.
Through her research, Fleshler found that one of the greatest challenges for those living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam is not necessarily the physical hardships, but the stigma associated with the condition.
Fleshler’s research led her to SMILE Group: Friends of Thay Hung, a local nonprofit which believes that the right amount of love and support helps patients live more successfully with the condition.
Learn more about SIT’s Vietnam: Culture, Social Change, and Development program.