- AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is not merely a biological problem
- The government of India started the mission to eradicate this deadly disease in 1990
- Lack of social awareness is the main problem, which keeps HIV patients away from hospitals
- HIV infects cells of the immune system
- Many think that the virus may transmit through air, cough, and touch
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is not merely a biological problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated number of 3 million people are suffering from AIDS in India. Even though the government of India started the mission to eradicate this deadly disease in 1990, the numbers of cases are rising ever more.
Now, Government hospitals are seen as a facility for HIV treatment. Hence the stigma and discrimination prevent the patients from seeking medical assistance, say experts. There are numerous studies conducted on ‘HIV-related stigma.’ UNESCO concludes at one point that lack of social awareness is the main problem, which keeps HIV patients away from hospitals.
“Harassment by society and exclusion from the family force the HIV-infected individuals go underground and stay away from treatments,” says Dr. Mohandas, a former member of Kerala AIDS control society.
The older generation has many misbelieves about the transmission of this disease. However, the awareness of the cause of HIV is high in India. Especially among the younger generation, he adds. Many think that the virus may transmit through air, cough, and touch.