There has been a lot of progress made in the care and treatment of people with this disease. Although it might seem like all is well , it is not necessarily the case. Let us not forget that there is still a great number of people infected in Sub-Saharan Africa. YES medication and technology has evolved over the course of time but it does not mean HIV/AIDS has been ERADICATED OR CURED !!! .
The focus for this next era of my blog is to continue to create awareness and looking for information to shed light on those dealing with the stigma that still plagues folks that are living with this ailment. Stay tuned! thanks
Social and cultural barriers
Stigma and discrimination
stigma and discrimination
remains a major barrier to tackling the HIV and AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan
Africa. Cultural beliefs about HIV and AIDS around contamination, sexuality and
religion have played a crucial role in the development of HIV-related
discrimination. In many places, it is thought to have actually increased the
number of HIV infections by preventing people from accessing HIV services.
studies have shown how healthcare workers negative and discriminatory views
towards HIV-positive people are influenced by, and often similar, to those in
the general population."
The status of women
and girls often face discrimination in terms of access to education, employment
and healthcare. In this region, men often dominate sexual relationships. As a
result, women cannot always practice safer sex even when they know the risks
involved. Gender-based violence has been identified as a key driver of HIV
transmission in the region.
are being made to improve the situation regarding women and HIV. For example, a
High-Level Taskforce on Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV for Eastern and
Southern Africa was launched at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and
STIs in Africa. It aims to improve country actions and monitor the
implementation of the draft 'Windhoek Declaration for Women, Girls, Gender
Equality and HIV'. The Windhoek Declaration draft (April 2011), recommends
action in a number of areas including sexual and reproductive health, violence
against women and HIV, as well as the law, gender and HIV."
Being generous isn’t
even always about altruism – becoming more generous and compassionate will have
real tangible benefits in your own life, according to some of the bite-sized
wisdom of the individuals below.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the
burdens of another.”– Charles Dickens