Should Aids Victims Be Ostracized

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Should Aids Victims Be Ostracized

I strongly disagree with the moot. AIDS, or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome has been one of the most threatening diseases of the 20th century. Ever since it has been discovered in 1981, it has been constantly infecting men, women, adults, newly born children, homosexuals and heterosexuals. In definition AIDS is an extremely serious disorder that results from severe damage to the body s defense against disease. Even though AIDS was born in an era of sophisticated medical and surgical developments, it still remains incurable. The ways through which the HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, can be transmitted are: blood transfusion, contaminated needles used in drug addiction, from an infected husband
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As soon as she found out about her condition, she was divorced and forced to leave her work. It s difficult being a women with AIDS, she says, we don t have networking. We are ostracized and isolated ( AIDS the next ten years 27). Andrea Walton was obliged to uphold social isolation in addition to her physical pain. It is not her only, for she is one of many examples of the constant discrimination suffered by the AIDS patients. Another example was a reported incident concerning infected children in New York, where some people set fire to a foster home dedicated to unfortunate infants with AIDS (Gostin 81). It is obvious that shame and discrimination are the two feelings that HIV patients unwillingly will have to face within their society. As Andrew Baket stated in the film Philadelphia, AIDS enforces on its victims social death which proceeds the actual physical death. These inhumane social attitudes are always justified as normal attitudes towards a fatal disease, especially when not enough when not enough is known about this disease or its method of transmission among the public. However, this gives little excuse for doctors, physicians and nurses who are enlightened enough about the nature of the illness and its mode of transmission, and yet are equally discriminatory in their treatment to AIDS.
AIDS patients also face discriminatory treatment from physicians and medical people. They are being forbidden to get
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