The Economic Value of Reducing the Stigma of HIV/AIDS
Expert Rev. Pharmacoecon. Outcomes Res. 13(5), 561–563 (2013); DOI/10.1586/14737167.2013.832207
Posted: 21 Sep 2018
Date Written: 2013
Stigma can be defined as assigning a mark of shame or discredit to a person or his/her behavior. HIV/AIDS stigma has led to many adverse consequences as those with the disease try to avoid the shame by not disclosing their HIV-positive status and this leads to the unnecessary infection of others and also to a failure to access treatment when otherwise it would be available. In fact, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has stated that stigma is a chief reason why the AIDS epidemic continues to devastate societies worldwide.
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