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Stigma and Infectious Diseases

Stigma and why it is an important issue for you!

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Many of us here have often wondered why more money, more education, more research and more programs are not availabe to those infected with an infectious disease.  A very simple reason is behind this and the lack of unity amongst those infected with and the stigma often associated with either Hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS.  Stigma is a difficult and sometimes evasive attitude to understand.  Stigma is about discrimination, depriving those less fortunate of the rights as human beings.  It is about the perceived separatng of good people from bad. Throughout History, people who were infected with some unknown illness were Stigmatized. Click here to continue reading this article.

"To explore the relationship between stigma and public health, examine the social and cultural determinants of stigma, explore how stigma prevents people from seeking or getting treatment for disease, and determine future research opportunities, the Fogarty International Center (FIC), in partnership with other National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Offices, U.S. agencies, and domestic and international organizations (see list below), announces a major international conference oriented toward developing a research agenda that will lead to the mitigation of the impact of stigma on individuals and societies. Such an agenda would be expected to include activities designed not only to better understand stigma's social and cultural determinants but also to identify and test ideas for effective new behavioral interventions.

Stigma has been defined as a deeply discrediting attribute that reduces a person to one who is in some way tainted and can therefore be denigrated. It is a pervasive problem that affects health globally, threatening an individual's psychological and physical well-being. It prevents individuals from coming forward for diagnosis and impairs their ability to access care or participate in research studies designed to find solutions. Much attention has been paid to the plight of the stigmatized, including those with AIDS or suspected to have AIDS, those with leprosy, and those suffering from mental health disorders. But stigma goes beyond these disorders to include some health conditions that are no longer stigmatized in the developed world but continue to have an impact in resource-poor countries.

Action has been slow in coming. Little is known about how pervasive the problem of stigma is in the developing world and about how health care systems can work to tackle its negative effects on individuals and societies." from Stigma and Global Health: Developing a Research Agenda

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