Friday, 24 November 2006

Prejudice is killing HIV sufferers in Cyprus

Ever since scientists identified HIV - fear, denial and stigma have accompanied the AIDS epidemic. In many countries around the world the disease is closely associated with discrimination -- individuals affected by HIV have been rejected by their families, their friends and their communities.

In Cyprus the official number of HIV positive persons is around 500, but AIDS support groups estimate the figure is four times higher - a significant figure for an island of less than one million people where everybody knows each other. Cypriot society believes AIDS is not a problem, but prejudice is killing HIV sufferers.
Living with the stygma of HIV/AIDS in Cyprus by barb

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