An Advocate For Adolescents Living With Hiv / Aids

1842 Words Oct 7th, 2016 8 Pages
As an advocate for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, I wholeheartedly appreciate the fact that you have identified HIV as public health challenge facing future generations. Notably, you have accredited stigmas associated with the HIV infection and complacency about the epidemic as challenges to which. I agree. With that said, advancing this discussion, I am going to break away from my standard practice of providing credible references as evidence to support my assessment. Nevertheless, where necessary, I will provide proof to showcase and validate lesser known challenges that I will discuss. Let’s begin by addressing the problems, which you have identified as the “stigma associated with the infection and complacency about the epidemic” (Sheenan, 2016, para. 1). Important to note, the views expressed herein result from 38 years of personal interactions within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT) both as an observer and as a gay male navigating this culture. You first mention the stigma associated with HIV infection; however, I would argue this issue goes much deeper. For instance, societal views perpetuate the stigmas of HIV, thereby impeding prevention efforts. However, for many gay men, they have yet to move beyond the stigma associated with homosexuality; thus, for those that test HIV-positive they are faced with a dual burden. To put this in perspective, we must take into account the extremely negative societal views of the 80s and 90s compared…
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