Stigma associated with HIV/AIDS

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    Apr 15, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    Why is there stigma related to HIV and AIDS? What are the effects of stigma?
    AIDS related stigma has had a profound effect on the epidemics course.
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    Apr 15, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    I think you'd need several books to thoroughly explain the stigma and social situation of HIV/AIDS.
  • calibro

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    Apr 15, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    I'm not really sure why you're asking.... Are you interested in starting dialogue? If so, I don't necessarily think the way to do so is by posing questions you know the answers to just to hear others say them.
  • camofchris

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    Apr 15, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says:

    "Stigma remains the single most important barrier to public action. It is a main reason why too many people are afraid to see a doctor to determine whether they have the disease, or to seek treatment if so. It helps make AIDS the silent killer, because people fear the social disgrace of speaking about it, or taking easily available precautions. Stigma is a chief reason why the AIDS epidemic continues to devastate societies around the world."

    About somes it up,
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    Apr 15, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    CamofChris saidUN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon says:

    "Stigma remains the single most important barrier to public action. It is a main reason why too many people are afraid to see a doctor to determine whether they have the disease, or to seek treatment if so. It helps make AIDS the silent killer, because people fear the social disgrace of speaking about it, or taking easily available precautions. Stigma is a chief reason why the AIDS epidemic continues to devastate societies around the world."

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    Stigma? What about unnecessarily risky sex practices?
  • camofchris

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    Apr 16, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    Sure, that's where it all starts. But beyond that, I think the stigma surrounding it causes some to not get tested for fear of having it and being treated like second class citizens after being diagnosed.
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    Apr 16, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    This topic could go on and on but the long story short version is:

    Aids is a disease you usually catch from having sex. Whether its gay sex, straight sex, or what have you.

    Aids is still considered a "gay" disease.

    Aids is still a killer

    In our society in the US people don't want to talk about sex, they argue over whats going to be taught in schools over sex ed classes and etc. It is so taboo to talk or etc about sex in the US because most people say they are so "religious" and blah blah blah

    They surely don't want to talk about aids because of the gay circumstance, because we all know being gay is wrong, a sin and all gays should deserve to go to hell anyway right? ( I am being sarcastic)

    Aids is a killer disease like cancer and etc, but you can't get cancer typically just from having sex. And there is when we go back to the beginning.

    If we talk about aids, we have to talk about sex, homosexuality and etc. people don't want to talk about these things, it makes them very uncomfortable.
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    Apr 16, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    opening a dialogue for discussion gives everyone the opportunity to be heard, although there is no specific answers, the question still remains a concern. Stigma is the number one reason persons are going without treatment, and medical care.
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    Apr 16, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    ASGCville saidWhy is there stigma related to HIV and AIDS? What are the effects of stigma?
    AIDS related stigma has had a profound effect on the epidemics course.


    This topic, yet again? It's been covered a bunch of times.

    You post, but, don't honestly know the answer?

    Need we explain?

    The short version:
    Unless you were given HIV / AIDS through a medical accident, or during birth, HIV is nearly 100% preventable. There's no big secret on how to prevent it. Given, condoms sometimes bust, but, that begs the question of why were you messing around with someone HIV+ (of course, they didn't know, right?).

    Most reasonable folks have a view that we have at least some small degree of personal responsibility for our personal health. Unless you're negligent, you really can't get HIV.

    Now, if you were uneducated, living on some far away island, then, you might have an excuse, but, hopefully, you just aren't that stupid.

    Most folks get HIV by willful misconduct, in an I,I,I, view of The World. It's just that simple. Those same folks, in that I,I,I, view later go on to lie about their HIV status, and subject others to dangers, knowing full well that they are sick. We also have a personal responsibility to control the advance of contagious disease. The simplest, and most effective, way is quarantine. So many folks with HIV love to portray themselves as victims. They aren't. Their status is a consequence of their careless actions, and willful disregard of common medical knowledge.

    Here's some facts:
    If you smoke long enough you're going to get sick from it.
    If you eat too much you're going to get fat.
    If you have unprotected sex, you stand an increased chance of STD's.
    Period, period, period.

    HIV folks need to accept what they did to themselves.

    Those same folks have a personal responsibility to step forward and say "I fucked up. Don't behave as I did." Many don't. Many would rather plead the victim.
  • camofchris

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    Apr 16, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    ASGCville saidWhy is there stigma related to HIV and AIDS? What are the effects of stigma?
    AIDS related stigma has had a profound effect on the epidemics course.


    This topic, yet again? It's been covered a bunch of times.

    You post, but, don't honestly know the answer?

    Need we explain?

    The short version:
    Unless you were given HIV / AIDS through a medical accident, or during birth, HIV is nearly 100% preventable. There's no big secret on how to prevent it. Given, condoms sometimes bust, but, that begs the question of why were you messing around with someone HIV+ (of course, they didn't know, right?).

    Most reasonable folks have a view that we have at least some small degree of personal responsibility for our personal health. Unless you're negligent, you really can't get HIV.

    Now, if you were uneducated, living on some far away island, then, you might have an excuse, but, hopefully, you just aren't that stupid.

    Most folks get HIV by willful misconduct, in an I,I,I, view of The World. It's just that simple. Those same folks, in that I,I,I, view later go on to lie about their HIV status, and subject others to dangers, knowing full well that they are sick. We also have a personal responsibility to control the advance of contagious disease. The simplest, and most effective, way is quarantine. So many folks with HIV love to portray themselves as victims. They aren't. Their status is a consequence of their careless actions, and willful disregard of common medical knowledge.

    Here's some facts:
    If you smoke long enough you're going to get sick from it.
    If you eat too much you're going to get fat.
    If you have unprotected sex, you stand an increased chance of STD's.
    Period, period, period.

    HIV folks need to accept what they did to themselves.

    Those same folks have a personal responsibility to step forward and say "I fucked up. Don't behave as I did." Many don't. Many would rather plead the victim.


    Agreed. HIV/AIDS is 100% preventable -- It's call abstinance. Anything less than that, involves risk. Some folks take on more risk than others. Those who take more risk should accept responsibility for the outcome. And I assure you, as stupid as it may seem, the most educated people in this world still make mistakes.

    Question is, how do you think the stigma of having HIV/AIDS impacts the epidemic?
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    Apr 16, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    If by stigma you mean the fact that it's a deadly virus then yeah I'm sure.
  • Anto

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    Apr 16, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    If you have unprotected sex, you stand an increased chance of STD's.

    Protected sex also increases chance of STD. I'm just mentioning this because there are a lot of diseases people can catch from another person even with use of a condom but people feel like if they use a condom then they are being safe when in fact they are still at risk for catching certain diseases and a lot of people don't even know they are carrying them and passing them on to others.
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    Apr 16, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    Probably for the same reason there's a stigma attached to any disease or illness. Do you think there's not a stigma attached to cancer? It's not as profound as it once was, but, it's still there. From some people, you'll find a stigma attached to the common cold.
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
    CamofChris said
    chuckystud said
    ASGCville saidWhy is there stigma related to HIV and AIDS? What are the effects of stigma?
    AIDS related stigma has had a profound effect on the epidemics course.


    This topic, yet again? It's been covered a bunch of times.

    You post, but, don't honestly know the answer?

    Need we explain?

    The short version:
    Unless you were given HIV / AIDS through a medical accident, or during birth, HIV is nearly 100% preventable. There's no big secret on how to prevent it. Given, condoms sometimes bust, but, that begs the question of why were you messing around with someone HIV+ (of course, they didn't know, right?).

    Most reasonable folks have a view that we have at least some small degree of personal responsibility for our personal health. Unless you're negligent, you really can't get HIV.

    Now, if you were uneducated, living on some far away island, then, you might have an excuse, but, hopefully, you just aren't that stupid.

    Most folks get HIV by willful misconduct, in an I,I,I, view of The World. It's just that simple. Those same folks, in that I,I,I, view later go on to lie about their HIV status, and subject others to dangers, knowing full well that they are sick. We also have a personal responsibility to control the advance of contagious disease. The simplest, and most effective, way is quarantine. So many folks with HIV love to portray themselves as victims. They aren't. Their status is a consequence of their careless actions, and willful disregard of common medical knowledge.

    Here's some facts:
    If you smoke long enough you're going to get sick from it.
    If you eat too much you're going to get fat.
    If you have unprotected sex, you stand an increased chance of STD's.
    Period, period, period.

    HIV folks need to accept what they did to themselves.

    Those same folks have a personal responsibility to step forward and say "I fucked up. Don't behave as I did." Many don't. Many would rather plead the victim.


    Agreed. HIV/AIDS is 100% preventable -- It's call abstinance. Anything less than that, involves risk. Some folks take on more risk than others. Those who take more risk should accept responsibility for the outcome. And I assure you, as stupid as it may seem, the most educated people in this world still make mistakes.

    Question is, how do you think the stigma of having HIV/AIDS impacts the epidemic?


    It doesn't matter the question. Chucky isn't interested in the question, hence the usual canned response.
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 23, 2013 2:24 PM GMT
    http://www.mrfriendly.info/membership/team-friendly/

    this is an organization to cut down on the stigma. Mainly it's for the non-positive community to show support for the ones who unfortunately face stigma and shun.

    You might think that you are doing everything 100% right. But stuff happens and your whole life will change. Having support is one way to survive.
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    Oct 04, 2013 10:25 PM GMT
    HIV is still an issue that needs addressing right now.
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    I think that the stigma is still there because not many people know about the treatments and medicine there is available. This disease can easily be controlled with medication, proper diet with exercise, and visits with your doctor about every 3 months to check your HIV status. My viral load is undetectable and has been that way for over two years now. I have had sexual encounters with lots of guys; ALL OF THEM and NOT ONE HAS CONTRACTED HIV! We practice safe sex and I disclose my HIV status will ALL OF THEM! Sorry if I sound upset, I just hate being treated differently because I have HIV
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    Imagine if there was a vaccine for HIV and virtually no one was getting it.

    Well that's the situation with HPV and the Gardasil vaccine which is recommended for men under 26.

    HPV is transmissible orally and anally. How would you like to have your tongue cutout, be unable to eat solid food ever again or have a stroke.

    HPV related cancers have a higher mortality rate than HIV.


  • Oct 05, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    Sounds like you just were arriving from a different planet!
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    Oct 14, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Well I dont know if this is considered an stigma but I hear quite often the "gayer than AIDS" expression.
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    Oct 14, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    It proves how terrifying -- and real -- evolution can be.