Last wednesday, as I was relaxing on the couch, my wife ask me to watch a malay drama series for her as she was going to take a bath at that time. When I first open the channel, there was this scene where the women was asking the doctor on whats wrong with her relative, and the doctor replied that the she got AIDS. The next scene was the woman entering her relative's room, wearing a MASK and GLOVES..
Government has spent millions of ringgit to set up several awareness campaign regarding AIDS, yet still there are people that are still have limited knowledge of this disease. The scene in the drama shows that there are shallow minded people living in this world. It's a sign of prejudice and discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS does not transmit through air, nor through kissing, sharing or touching. So why did the woman just now wears a mask and gloves. I still can accept on why she's wearing the gloves, but mask?? That's too much. The director/producer should be aware of this kind of thing before they did a film on that...
I've touched, shaked hands and interviewed a man who is living with HIV. I can see his pain due to the discrimination by people around him. So please.. let us help fight the HIV/AIDS stigma.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon say:
"Stigma remains the single most important barrier to public action. It is a main reason why too many people are afraid to see a doctor to determine whether they have the disease, or to seek treatment if so. It helps make AIDS the silent killer, because people fear the social disgrace of speaking about it, or taking easily available precautions. Stigma is a chief reason why the AIDS epidemic continues to devastate societies around the world"