Oct 29, 2007
Dear Dr Bob
I live in UAE(united arab emirates) and recently has had a risky exposure to hiv. I want to get tested for HIV. My problem is that HIV is a taboo in this country and I worry about the information being passed to authorities and them deporting me out of the country as I am an expatriate worker.
Even by chance do you have any contacts here that I can approach to get tested confidentialy.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Hi Worried Man,
Unfortunately I do not! I'd suggest you contact the local AIDS service organization anonymously and ask if there are any confidential/anonymous testing sites in the UAE. If not, perhaps it's time for a quick vacation to a more enlightened destination??? I remain disappointed that Dubai continues to have such unenlightened discriminatory attitudes toward HIV/AIDS. This only leads to increased stigma, fear and ignorance, which in and of itself worsens the pandemic and its consequences. I suggest whatever your status turns out to be that you do whatever you can to bring HIV out of the shadows in Dubai. Change occurs when we demand it!
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