Associated Press Examines HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma in Latin America, Caribbean, Eastern Europe
June 5, 2006
The Associated Press on Thursday examined how stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean has lessened in the 25 years since the disease was first diagnosed. Although discrimination still exists, a "new spirit of openness is emerging, spurred by education and by a growing awareness that AIDS touches every sector of society," according to the Associated Press. Haiti's HIV prevalence has declined from 9% in 1993 to about 4% today, which health workers say is largely because of increased awareness and condom promotion efforts. "Now people are willing to talk about AIDS. It's a radical change," Eddy Genece, director of POZ, a Haitian organization that lobbies church leaders to talk about the disease, said. He added, "The stigma is still there, but it's less strong." In Brazil, widespread discussion about HIV and the Catholic Church's "low-key approach to its opposition to condom use" have helped the country's HIV/AIDS campaign, according to the Associated Press. However, discrimination still is apparent in some countries, including Ecuador and Haiti, the Associated Press reports (Jacobs, Associated Press, 6/1).
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