Women Hit Harder Than Men by Effects of HIV/AIDS in Malaysia
March 9, 2007
In Malaysia, the financial hardship that occurs when the HIV-positive bread-winner of a family dies or cannot work "affects women disproportionately to men, especially single parents," according to a new UN report. "There is also clear evidence of stigmatization and discrimination of people living with HIV from many sources -- health care providers, employers, aid agencies, community and within the family," said Siti Norazah Zulkifli, the report's author. Quoting health ministry data, the study said 75.1 percent of Malaysia's HIV infections occur through intravenous drug use, and the number of people infected could quadruple to 300,000 by 2015. "The psychological impact arises in large part from the economic impact and the stigmatization of people with HIV, including the associated burden of secrecy," the report said.
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