Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( Hiv ) And Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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One of the most prevalent diseases facing the world today is human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV and AIDS became widely known on June 5th, 1981 when the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first instance of this virus. Contrary to popular belief, being HIV positive is not a death sentence. Modern drugs make it possible for people who are HIV positive to be very healthy and live for years without developing AIDS. Also, those who have AIDS can continue to live for many years and be just as healthy as their non-HIV positive peers. Those carrying this virus can live practically normal lives; working, pursuing higher education, having a social life and romantic…show more content…
In fact, some individuals who are positive may be healthier than individuals with other conditions like diabetes or cardiovascular disease (CVD) and may live a longer life if they care for themselves properly. However, some of the health challenges associated with being positive for HIV are not physical. Even though people who are HIV positive might look ok, they sometimes feel scared, angry, unhappy, or even depressed. They often carry a fear that family or friends, as well as people at work or school, might find out that they are HIV positive and start to treat them differently (HIV and AIDS P. 3). This is the impact of the stigma associated with HIV on the HIV positive community. This typically produces a kind of unhealthy stress that when improperly addressed can lead to additional health problems. Many people with HIV and AIDS suffer from serious discrimination. According to an article titled, “HIV & AIDS Discrimination and Stigma” many factors can lead to this unethical and unfair abuse towards HIV victims. Even with the best of health, HIV can impact people’s lives simply because of the stigma that most people, including family members, hold regarding the disease, causing them to knowingly and unknowingly discriminate against others (HIV & AIDS Discrimination and Stigma par 2-5). Those who are aware and choose to stand by the HIV victims are typically limited in their interactions with the victim. The stigma tends to restrict their
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