Discrimination against HIV carriers: pressing problem in VN

Tuesday 09/03/2021 09:49

VGP - Stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS are a pressing problem in Viet Nam.

There is little understanding of the causes and sequelae of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV in Viet Nam. It is necessary to enforce laws against discrimination and provide education to decrease stigma against HIV carriers in the country.

The survey of the United Nations in 2017, it clearly showed the existence, scope and nature of HIV-related stigmatization and discrimination in the selected health care facilities.

Indeed, 40% of the HIV positive respondents reported having experienced discrimination in the health facility, while many health workers (about 70% of all respondents) reported applying over-protection measures when taking care of PLHIV due to their worry of infecting HIV.

The importance to remove unnecessary fear of HIV among health workers, as well as to reduce stigmatization and discriminatory practice, was clear for the authorities and managers of the health facilities.

On Zero Discrimination Day this year (March 1, 2021), UNAIDS is highlighting the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world.

Inequality is growing for more than 70% of the global population, exacerbating the risk of division and hampering economic and social development.

And COVID-19 is hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest—even as new vaccines against COVID-19 are becoming available, there is great inequality in accessing them. Many have equated this to vaccine apartheid.

By Thuy Dung

 

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