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Analysis of the AIDS Stigma

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        Torture of the Stigma Enlarged lymph glands, tiredness, fever, loss of appetite and weight, yeast infections, and night sweats started occurring to predominantly homosexual men in 1981 within the United Stat. The �Gay Related Immune Deficiency�, also known now a days as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), has typical stereotypes. Men and women with AIDS are thought to be drug addicts, homosexuals, or promiscuous, which shouldn�t be the case at all. AIDS is the final threatening stage of HIV (AIDS 163). It�s caused by the retroviruses HIV-1 and HIV-2 (AIDS 163). The most common way of getting the infection is by any form of sexual intercourse. But, anyone can also get AIDS from direct contact with infected blood, like needles. Also, if a pregnant woman has AIDS, no matter how far along, she can give the disease to her baby. It�s not been reported to get it from normal, everyday things like sharing food, drinks, and utensils. Yet, once a person is infected with the disease, that person has it for life. ...read more.


People have been refused jobs, housing, medical care, and health insurance because they have AIDS/HIV. Children have not been allowed to play in sports or go to school because they have the disease. It may be against some morals; but, now, respect is mandatory. The United States government has passed laws against discrimination and actions towards people with AIDS or HIV. The government is finally helping to prevent the stigma of AIDS. The stigma may be driven by hopelessness, depression, shame, poverty, and drugs. But, it?s also encouraged by the lack of health services and treatments. Though, when all of the causes combine, infected people don?t get tested or protect themselves. The infected people fear judgement, embarrassment, and confession, which causes people to not want to get help. The ones with negative identities are the most unlikely to get treatment, medical and psychological. Also, they may come off defensive, especially when they have the fake ?I don?t care what people think about me? attitude. Little do they know, ?A vital precondition for human well-being and agency is the recognition of people as having value by those around them. ...read more.


Apparently, the government feels these things are necessary as well; federal, state, and local governments fund AIDS treatment and research, along with public clinics . No one wants the diagnosis of HIV or AIDS to be a torturous death sentence for doctors, caregivers, nurses, and patients anymore. Treatments are worked on daily, with new information and proper improvements. But, a cure for AIDS and HIV may be impossible, which is why the stigma must be resisted. With positive outlooks, peers, media, and family, anything can be simple. Even this. Whether a person is gay, straight, bisexual, drug-addict, or promiscuous, no one deserves to feel like they?re the epitome of the world. Unfortunately, the world can make someone feel as though they are when testing positive for HIV or AIDS. A lot still needs to be discovered about the interaction of economic and psychological dimensions of poverty, treatment, and conservative sexual morals within the HIV/AIDS stigma. But, with increased education and new generations, the stigma will eventually diminish. Continually, though, every nine and a half minutes, someone in the world will be diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. ...read more.

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