It will first look at the definitions of stigma and explain the process and types of stigma. The risk is to Michael and us, his family. These aforementioned facts, plus countless others presented are staggering and are compiled by leading organisations.
In some African countries, women, whose husbands have died from AIDS-related infections, have been blamed for their deaths. Some commentators since Goffman have particularly examined stigma's broader social functioning.
Families In the majority of developing countries, families are the primary caregivers to sick members. We could well be driven out of our home yet again. A woman exhibiting the independence needed to protect her health and self-esteem risks the disapprobation of her family and of the community.
As a result, the social implications of the disease has been extended from those of other life threatening conditions to the point at which PLWAs are not only faced with a terminal illness but also social isolation and constant discrimination throughout society.
This makes the national HIV response less effective and compounds human rights violations against these people. Instead, there would appear to be a collection of associated factors that influence society's As the number of people infected with HIV increases, social workers are and will be increasingly called upon to deal with and serve PWAs.
The same mechanisms should be functional and accessible to all. Discrimination based on health status, including HIV, is a human rights violation, and stigma is the social form of this violation.
This is of particular pertinence to the field of social work due to our growing involvement with the HIV positive population.