HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination remain a major challenge in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Due to misconceptions about HIV and AIDS and the behavior of individuals or societies, good care and prevention of HIV positive people has not been effective. Therefore, it is important to have an open and positive discussion about HIV and AIDS to eliminate stigma and discrimination.
Some Approaches to reducing stigma and discrimination
- Provide information on ways to prevent HIV transmission and treat HIV-infected people as if they were not transmitted during normal activities.
- To increase HIV and AIDS advocacy and awareness in order to eliminate the myths of HIV symbols, reduce fears and prejudices.
- Creating a supportive environment for people living with HIV and AIDS to be easily accepted by society and to reduce their mental stress.
- Encourage survivors of HIV and AIDS to create a conducive environment for them to talk about their condition.
- To mobilize other people to help HIV positive people.
- To increase the involvement of various governmental and non-governmental organizations for the voluntary counseling and testing of HIV and AIDS and for the health care and support of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Caring for HIV / AIDS infected people
- No one is disabled by being infected with HIV. They should be given job opportunities like others and an environment to be active in the society.
- They should be taken care of at home with love and affection like any other patient. Doing so increases their self-confidence and prolongs their quality of life and time.
- Care, support and treatment can help prevent HIV complications.
What role should community members play in HIV / AIDS prevention?
- Active participation in HIV and AIDS related programs.
- To know about HIV and AIDS infection and how to survive.
- Take steps to prevent HIV and AIDS and advise others to do the same.
- To treat people with HIV and AIDS as other people and to provide respect opportunities.
- Not discriminating against people with HIV and AIDS.
- Have a formal or informal discussion about HIV and AIDS with your neighbors in the community.