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Why Afghanistan Must Confront HIV-Related Stigma

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Throughout the course of human history, there have been few health conditions more mired in socializing stigma than HIV/AIDS. Despite transformative advances in medicine that have given renewed hope to millions of HIV/AIDS patients around the world, deep-seated public perceptions and stigma associated with the condition have been slower to evolve. As it were, Afghanistan is no stranger to the adverse effects of public stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. So long as comprehensive, education-based approaches for stigma reduction are not systematically implemented nationwide, present efforts to combat the spread of the virus will see diminished effectiveness and sustainability.

Globally, much of the contemporary HIV-related stigma is rooted in the misinformation perpetuated across the decades since the origins of the epidemic. Initially, public hysteria in the face of sparse and unverified information about the spread of the virus bred discrimination-laden public practices and policies. While these practices........

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