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China Makes Strides To Fight AIDS Stigma

World-Aids-Day-Ribbon-ChinaSince the early 1980s, HIV and AIDS have carried a very strong stigma. Over time, we’ve seen people in the U.S. become more open about the disease and embrace those who do actually have it. We’re encouraged because as of this week, we noticed China’s leaders are are “going public” in their support of HIV/AIDS victims and offering support and encouragement.

Chinese leaders support HIV victims

According to Euronews.com, over 69,000 living in China were diagnosed with HIV this year. Because of that, Xi Jinping, (likely to be the country’s next president) and his second-in-command Li Keqiang, shook hands with AIDS patients this week and promised that they’d take bigger strides in research and education. A lot of those diagnosed won’t get treatment because of the stigma.

So what is this “stigma”?

HIV and AIDS can cause a very negative reaction or discrimination. The disease is closely associated with sexual activity, homosexuality, and promiscuity, and can also be linked to drug use.

It is life-threatening, which causes a very negative reaction in a lot of people. It can be seen as a result of irresponsibility. It is even seen by some people to be a punishment for a crime.

We need to be more like China

Obviously we as a nation are doing better with the Stigma. We’ve embraced celebrities like Magic Johnson, Freddy Mercury, and Greg Louganis. Elton John has even worked with President Bush to fight AIDS. We’re growing as a society in combating this disease.

Now it’s your turn.

Don’t let the stigma ruin how you treat someone with HIV or AIDS. If you know someone with the disease, treat them how you’d like to be treated, with respect. Don’t see them as unclean. See them as people who are afflicted with a disease and move on. And if you know someone who is unsure if they have the disease, help them find answers at a local prevention site. Your respect and helpfulness can go along way to someone with the disease.


posted in AIDs,HIV and have Comments (29)


  1. Comment by Leader One Financial on December 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    It’s very encouraging to see that Chinese leaders are publicly supporting AIDS awareness and combating this negative stigma. This is a serious matter that should be above stereotypes.

  2. Comment by FirsTrust Mortgage on December 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s great to see a great financial power update old traditions and stigmas

  3. Comment by Gordon Energy on December 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for making us aware of this change in perception in such a huge world super power. It looks like we’re going the right way in acceptance of all!

  4. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jacksonville on December 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    “A lot of those diagnosed won’t get treatment because of the stigma.” This is just terrible. They are still people and should not be treated as lepers, lepers should not be treated as lepers.

  5. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Columbia, SC on December 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Amazing to see this transition in China to a more accepting culture. That’s great for people who would otherwise have an even tougher situation in addition to their health situation

  6. Comment by Online Solutions on December 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    It’s always encouraging to hear the government of a country supporting HIV victims. Glad China is getting involved!

  7. Comment by Accutech on December 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    China is such a huge country, its fantastic that they are getting more involved in turning the social stigma of HIV around and providing help for those people.

  8. Comment by Entourage Beauty School on December 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I can’t imagine treating anyone different because I found out they have HIV. Of course there are some things you would want to avoid, but of course, treat them like a normal person.

  9. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Jackson on December 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    It’s great to see China developing and growing as a country socially. Who knows what the acceptance of this disease can lead to.

  10. Comment by CertaPro Painters on December 14, 2012 at 2:11 am

    It’s great to see China driving such a good movement. I hope many other countries also work to end the stigma.

  11. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cooper City on December 17, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    China is doing the right thing. Keeping this disease on lock and cover, people will forever be scared of it and not know the correct information.

  12. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Fort Lauderdale on December 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I wish other countries would take this view. It’s so important for everyone to be informed.

  13. Comment by Fletcher, Rohrbaugh, & Chahine on December 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    This article is very surprising. It makes me thankful that I’m not afflicted with this illness, and that I live in the US.

  14. Comment by American Behavioral Clinics on December 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    It’s good to hear more and more people are supporting HIV victims. Thanks for posting!

  15. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Altamonte Springs on December 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    If all countries could show the support that China and the USA do, that would make some major strides towards ending the negative social stigma related to HIV and AIDS.

  16. Comment by Olympic Custom Landscape Curbing on December 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    It is good to see any country with a great cause and even better to see China take this on as they become such an important country in the world.

  17. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Dayton on December 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Great strides have been made because people are more willing to help out now. Let’s end this stigma.

  18. Comment by Title Boxing Club of Leawood on December 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    That is great that China has gone public with their support for HIV and AIDS victims. Good post!

  19. Comment by DataComm Plus on December 24, 2012 at 3:02 am

    As I was reading this I realized that I fall under the assumption that the person who has AIDs got it from being promiscuous. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, so I can work on that.

  20. Comment by Twin Fitness on December 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Your thoughts and the proof out there that people are stepping up and changing the way AIDS and HIV is treated are encouraging. We can come together to battle it together.

  21. Comment by Wagner Oral Surgery on December 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Over 69,000 diagnosed this year in China, that’s a really big number! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Comment by Commercial Capital Company, LLC on December 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    It’s exciting to see how many people are battling for the stigma to be changed.

  23. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Lansing on December 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    We need all of the research and education about HIV that we can possibly afford. This disease is taking lives left and right and it needs to be stopped.

  24. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Lenexa on December 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I hope that China’s promise becomes a reality to help educate and research AIDs.

  25. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Irving on December 28, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    This is great that China and its leaders are working to be part of the solution. Keeping the stigma in place and being a part of the problem is easy to do, and they are doing the difficult thing.

  26. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Cuyahoga Falls on December 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    It is nice to see this happening. People afflicted with the disease don’t need to be ostracized, they need t be treated. It starts with their leaders and it will eventually trickle down to the population.

  27. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Florence on December 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    It’s great to see China is moving forward in their acceptance of others. It has always made me sad to think that they had such rigid rules in terms of health.

  28. Comment by TITLE Boxing Club of Blue Springs on December 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    It is good to see China’s leaders taking notice of the issue and fighting it head-on.

  29. Comment by TEST SMARTLY LABS of Greenville SC on December 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

    The image of a world leader coming in contact with an individual whose condition led to a social stigma is powerful. It is a relatively small gesture from Xi Jinping, but it is the beginning of the end of the stigma in China.

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