The Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( Hiv ) / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome ( Aids )

1199 WordsOct 6, 20155 Pages
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of the deadliest pandemics the world has ever known. Unprecedented efforts and resources have been mobilized to fight the infection worldwide. While obvious progress has been made, HIV infection still hit hard and the field of public health continues actively to raise awareness about this issue and help affected people. Public health professionals constantly look for new ways to reach high-risk populations, but sometimes the methods used result in unintended effects such as stigmatization. This makes wonder how far can public health go in the attempt of reaching its goals. In other words, what are the limits of public health in the HIV prevention…show more content…
According to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law,2 same-sex relations were criminalized in many countries and not legally protected in countries with no official criminalization.2 MSM had to live with the pressure of AIDS and their lifestyles. The time has passed, and thanks to the field of public health, people have now a better understanding of the acquisition of HIV. Nevertheless, there is still high numbers of infected people every year worldwide. Unfortunately, studies still show that MSM are among the key populations and are more likely to live with the virus than everyone else in the US.3 The number of infection among gays have increased in some countries and are one of the main contributors to the epidemics in others.3 These realities pushed public health professionals and governments to develop new ways to raise awareness among key populations. It is now common to see commercials targeting specifically MSM. The objective is usually to promote the use of condoms to protect themselves and their partners. Unfortunately, this is not always how the message is received and the consequences can sometimes be tragic. Let consider the commercial “It’s never just HIV” by NYC Health.4 As public health professionals, we know that this video was made to show
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