Published in Globalization and Health. The HIV epidemic caught humanity by surprise with its unique aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology and its impact, not just on health, but also on society in general. Importantly, it has also prompted an unprecedented response from society. The concerted effort undertaken by multiple players, the availability of funding, the cross-boarder and interdisciplinary cooperation and the global awareness that have been connected with this epidemic are unparalleled.
HIV remains a global health problem, thanks to ignorance and prejudice
HIV: HIV, A Global Public Health Issue - Words | Cram
It is the prejudice that comes with labeling an individual as part of a group that is believed to be socially unacceptable. While stigma refers to an attitude or belief, discrimination is the behaviors that result from those attitudes or beliefs. HIV stigma and discrimination affect the emotional well-being and mental health of people living with HIV. People living with HIV often internalize the stigma they experience and begin to develop a negative self-image. They may fear they will be discriminated against or judged negatively if their HIV status is revealed.
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They later found out that the disease was transmitted to humans and created into HIV when people hunted these animals for food and came in contact with their infected blood. Decade after decade this illness swooped over Africa like a blanket and began to spread to. Advocating for a large group of people takes action at the macro human service practice. The goals and intervention strategies will be similar to micro human service and will involve the same strategies to bring justice to human rights for all members of society. One strategy is including a broader range of other diversity in research in.
When HIV first began infecting humans in the s, scientists were unaware of its existence. The medical community, politicians and support organizations have made incredible progress in the fight against this formerly unknown and heavily stigmatized virus. Infection rates have fallen or stabilized in many countries across the world, but we have a long way to go. Image via aids.