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KNOWLEDE IS POWER,ITS OF IMPORTANCE ,TO ALL

WHY SHOULD WE FEAR THE UNKOWN

               FEAR AND STIGMA STILL EXIST

EVERYONE SHOULD  TREATED WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION 

 why DOES stigma STILL EXIST AROUND the HUMAN IMMUNODEFIENCY VIRUS, HIV AS YOU MAY KNOW IT Is a worldwide pandemic IT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR OVER TWENTY –FIVE YEARS.THROUGHOUT THE TIME LINE OF THE VIRUS, THERE WERE FEELINGS, OF UNEASINESS UNCERNTAINTY, FEAR, AND DISBELIEF WHICH IN TURN HAS FUELED STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION, STIGMA IS A POWERFUL TOOL OF, SOCIAL CONTROL, IT CAN BE USED TO MARGINALIZE, EXCLUDE, AND EXERCISE POWER OVER INDIVIDUALS  WHO EXHIBIT CERTAIN, CHARACTERISTICS,  (E.G. HOMOSEXUALS  HEROIN ADDICTS AND,PROSTITUTES) AND  DO YOU KNOW SOCIETY DOES? IT  BLAMES  THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE FOR THE EPIDEMIC WHILE EXCUSING ITSELF FROM GIVING THESE  INDIVIDUALS THE PROPER RESPECT, CARE, AND EQUALITY  DESERVED BY ALL MANKIND,I FEEL THERE HAS TO BE ACTION TAKEN, STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION REMAINS AN ENORMOUS BARRIER.EVEN IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY  SO TELL ME HOW CAN PROGRESS BE MADE, IN OVERCOMING THIS. Can WE CHANGE A PERSONS OUTLOOK ON HIV? I THINK NOT, A CERTAIN AMOUNT CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS, HOWEVER NO POLICY OR LAW CAN ALONE COMBAT HIV RELATED DISCRIMINATION AND STIGMA THAT LIES AT THE CORE OF THE HIV VIRUS. THE WAY TO END THE STIGMA OF HIV IS TO EDUCATE SOCIETY ABOUT IT, FOR      
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WITHOUT EDUCATION, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN. THE WAY I FEEL WE SHOULD DO THIS IS BY KEEPING THEM INFORMED,DOING OUTREACH TO THE PUBLIC , GIVING THEM INFORMATIVE LITERATURE, DISTRUBUTING CONDOMS FOR PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, SETTING UP POSSIBLE LINKS TO SERVICES NEEDED,FOR PEOPLE INFECTED OR AFFECTED BY THE VIRUS, AS A PEER EDUCATOR MYSELF,I NOTICE THAT  MOST  PEOPLE FEEL UNEASY WHEN APPRAOCHED WITH THE  SUBJECT,AND OTHERS MAY FEEL THEY DON`T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT  IT, BECAUSE, IT DOES NOT RELATE TO THEM.THIS COMES ALONG WITH THE JOB, THE  PERSONAL SATISFACTION I GET IS TO KNOW I POSSIBLY WILL GET THE CHANCE TO HELP SAVE A LIFE  AND ALSO  TO HELP PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THERE IS NO SHAME TO LIVE WITH THE  HIV VIRUS.     BY: GREG JONES     JUNE 30 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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