Stigmas, Social Exclusion And Isolation Associated With HIV/AIDS?
People who are living with HIV/AIDS have to face a tremendous amount of stigma, discrimination and social exclusion and isolation due to their underlying condition. These discriminations and stigmas can manifest themselves at various levels like in the family by the members of the family, in the surrounding society and at work place etc.
There have been various studies which have proved that having an HIV positive status leads to increased social and family isolation along with high level of stigma and discrimination. This in turn serves as factors and underlying causes for the various psychological and mental health disorders associated with people living with HIV especially in India. One of the main mental health issues with people living with the diseases is the loss of identity or crises. This identity crises occurs mainly due the fear that their HIV status might be revealed to the society and thus this fear that they will be excluded from the …show more content…
A study conducted by Forehand, & Family Health Research Project Group, 2003 showed there is an increase prevalence of the psychiatric and mental disorders among those whose are currently suffering from the disease than those who don’t have the disease.
Considering the association between the presence of HIV and its impacts on the mental health and psychological wellbeing of the person living with it, it has been seen that one of first impacts of HIV positive status on the mental health of the person is in terms of the ever-growing fear of the disclosure of his illness to the society.
This in turn results into the fear of social isolation, social exclusion and loss of relationships especially in the Indian scenario where these bonds and societal ties are given great