There has been a steady increase in recent years in the form of HIV sufferers. I will take you into a holistic look of what and how this virus implements a person’s personal, social, medical and economic life. To a see a person’s emotion is but a short insight to how that person is actually feeling, take into account that they have contracted HIV, how is that person’s life affected? A woman in Vietnam says ‘I am afraid of giving my disease to family members- especially my younger brother who is so small. I am aware that I have the disease so I do not touch him- I talk with him only I don’t hold him in my arms now.’(Avert.com, 2013) This woman shows an ever growing community of self-stigma which is a silent and shameful opinion of their self. This also shows the lack of knowledge people do have in the disease and also the fright of which the disease has upon those who have it. Others have chosen too fight and speak out letting others no the virus can be transmitted to any person it does NOT discriminate. Instead it is others views HIV/AIDS digesting or the person has done something bad that gives the person with the virus an uncomfortable life, usually by a lack of knowledge . Their assumptions are based as shown in diagram 1. Many lose their jobs, thrown out of the place they live and even relationships end so it doesn’t come as a surprise they wish to keep it a secret. Diagram 1
Below is a graph showing to what extent our knowledge of transmission the HIV virus from one person to another.
Studies from vital.co.za shows if we’re not infected ourselves; we will soon all know a neighbour, friend or family member who has HIV, showing this is the single greatest threat to our social and human development in years. Many search for people to blame yet if we don’t know all the facts and ways you can contract HIV we only have ourselves to blame. Do you know what HIV is? HIV – human immunodeficiency virus is a lifelong condition with yet unknown cures, leading to...
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