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Eliminating HIV/AIDS: How We'll Get to Zero


Eliminating Stigma

Eliminating Stigma

Even today, there are people who believe that HIV only happens to "those" people; that the pandemic is a result of going against God; or that you can get HIV from sitting on a toilet or sharing a fork with someone who has HIV.

Over the years, we have seen strides taken around the world to reduce stigma from all different angles. In South Africa, Ghana, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, soap operas have educated viewers about HIV. We've seen tons of ad campaign posters plastered on buses and subway stations. And we've seen advocates fight to end HIV criminalization laws -- and even win, some of the time.

But it hasn't been enough. There are still people who, even in the U.S., are afraid to disclose their status for fear of rejection, of losing their job, of being imprisoned -- or even of being killed. Obviously, we have a lot more work to do.

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Comment by: gustavo (delaware wilmington) Tue., Dec. 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm UTC
please people see this comment need make sure have hiv ids have cuestion have other tes for check second opinion because have idea to trail other tes what form the practice metodo disponible
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Comment by: veronica m. (lusaka zambia) Mon., Dec. 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm UTC
i think a lot of sensitisation is needed in the developing countries.
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Comment by: Ted R (Atlanta, GA) Thu., Dec. 8, 2011 at 9:25 am UTC
how 'bout some personal responsibility? AIDS is curable by people taking responsibility for their actions. Why would I support a group of people that can cure themselves TODAY as opposed to some child with Cystic Fibrosis? Nope, AIDS folks don't get any sympathy or money from me.
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Comment by: Andy (Does it really matter) Sat., Dec. 10, 2011 at 11:40 pm UTC
Then dear, I suggest you get the f**k off an AIDS website, start lecturing any of the zillions of other victims of "preventable" diseases with the same sanctimony you display here, or crawl back into the sewer you came from. And seriously,, whoever let this comment slide through should be ashamed of themself.
Comment by: HSGI (Minneapolis, MN) Thu., Dec. 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm UTC
I agree Ted except that these people can't CURE themselves but they could have PREVENTED this condition.

Look at the research dollars going into looking for a cure for a disease which could be a lot less prevalent if people minimize the number the number of sex partners. I've heard from gay friends that HIV is a treatable illness and getting it is "no big deal". It appears that the progress in curing this disease is offset by the evolving attitudes that increase the risk of getting it.

Unfortunately Andy can't handle different points of views so maybe he's the one that needs to find a website that contains like-minded thoughts - typical attitude in the internet age. Andy goes on to tell you to crawl back into the sewer and then attacks to censor other peoples comments...he appears to enjoy personal attacks on people who don't share his or her beliefs.

The reality is that the fleeting satisfaction of a sexual encounter becomes a distant memory after the treatment and psychological effects of a chronic and still very possibly deadly disease begins. I contrast the attitudes of people suffering from HIV to other chronic medical conditions that are genetic or very difficult to prevent and there is a distinct difference in attitudes.

Comment by: William W. (Salt Lake City) Fri., Dec. 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm UTC
Your recommendations for "ending" the AIDS pandemic are noble and in a perfect world would go a long way towards eradication. Unfortunately the world is far from perfect and alas the only way to end this scourge is to cure it- and even then HIV will still exsist. Look at syphlis, gonorreha and TB. All but the most intractable are curable with modern medicines but they are still with us sad to say.
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Comment by: Rosemari (Washington, DC) Thu., Dec. 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm UTC
I love this feature! One thing that could be a little more bold? Actually talking about sex. So far today I have rarely heard or read the word when promoting World AIDS Day. Here's my blog post about it for those who may be interested:
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Comment by: speedstan (San Diego, CA) Wed., Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm UTC
What a bunch of Politically Correct BS. How much more "education" do people need, and how much more money do we need to pour into research and treatment where 99% of the cases are preventable if only people would act responsibly and use common sense?
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