|Posted on May 31, 2017 at 7:20 AM|
Good morning on this awesome "hump Day". I was awake at 5 am this morning scrolling Facebook and came across a post from my good and awesome friend Frank Hawkins of AIDS Delaware. He wanted to know why people who KNOW they have HIV are waiting so long to get on medications and get in care.
This is why we need to discuss this word STIGMA. People allow stigma to take over their lives. They feel like they are being watched constantly and judged by everyone around them. Most times their own family don't know their status but one change in their daily routine they feel can cause them to be aware something is wrong.
Some people feel that being HIV positive is a hinderance and they don't want to take pills every single day for the rest of their lives. I used to feel like that. How do you go from never needing any meds to now needing meds everyday the rest of your life?
A support system is always needed by someone who goes through a life altering event. Being diagnosed with HIV is very life changing and while I understand why people don't tell family their status I also understand why they should!
Having someone who can relate to your status to talk to is always great but to be able to talk to someone who knows you.... not the HIV you but the REAL you is one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
We have to remember that an HIV diagnosis DOES NOT define who you are! You are the person you have been your whole life!
Here is a great article on avert.org that talks about Stigma please take a moment to read it: https://www.avert.org/professionals/hiv-social-issues/stigma-discrimination