Saturday, December 15, 2012

The stigma associated with HIV and AIDS in Ghana: an accepted fate or a challenge

             The acquired Immune deficiency syndrome (See  wikipedia .org/wiki/HIV/AIDS) is the fully blown version of the human Immune virus.There has been a lot of deaths associated with this dreaded disease.Death is the least favorite thing of every human life.Ghana , a West African country has proved to be as human as we all are,death is avoided at all costs.
           HIV is acquired basically through coming into contact with an infected persons' blood.During the initial infection a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms ,which eventually leads to a struggle for life.
            Over the past few years I have grown to detest the discrimination and stigma AIDS patients face in every facet of their social lives which leads to an early death.They are still humans and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as everyone else.The social media can go a long way to prevent if not curb this menace. A website can be created where patients share their day to day to remind us that despite their plight we are no better than them.Also an HIV awareness television and radio call - in show can be designed to reach out to the public.A newspaper column can be created to address questions about the disease on weekly basis.
I strongly believe that these suggestions if enacted will help eradicate stigmatization and help us live in a Ghanaian society that shows apathy and love to HIV patients.