Every year, December 1st is celebrated as World AIDS Day. We all are familiar with the tradition of wearing the red ribbon to show support towards people suffering from HIV/AIDS, but how many of us actually practice what we preach?
The World Health Organisation estimated that 1.1 million people died of HIV related causes in 2015 and 2.1 million people became newly infected. A number of awareness raising campaigns and movements are organised throughout the year, yet there are countless cases of prejudices against HIV/AIDS infected people.
A person suffering from HIV/AIDS not only has to deal with the consequences of a deteriorating physical health, he also has to stand strong to bear the social stigma associated with it. The prejudice surrounding the disease is so intense that it kills the person way before the disease does. It exerts a social death, which only few can survive.
Here are few quotes that explain the pain and disdain, an HIV positive person goes through:
Let’s not make this battle of fighting for life harder for them, than it already is. The cruel hands of this life-threatening disease are enough to suck the life out of a person. The last thing they need is your judgement. Don’t be ignorant when you see somebody being mistreated. Don’t stay put. Get up and make a change.
Don’t be just warriors behind the laptop or mobile screens, be a warrior in real life.
Let’s make this world a better place, a place that doesn’t know how to discriminate.
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