Bain, Brendan C.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
HIV/AIDS: Challenging a monster
Journal of HIV/AIDS prevention and education for adolescents and children
Date of Publication
The human immunodeficiency virus is a new, invisible, and life-threatening enemy. HIV/AIDS is a health problem, but it is also a social, cultural, and political problem. Every individual and all sectors of the community must own HIV/AIDS along with our other problems and take action to control it. The prevalence rate in this region is now second only to that of sub-Saharan Africa, and our sexually active adolescents and young adults are at greatest risk. The virus threatens men, but it is now infecting women at a faster rate than men. Failure to perceive risk, together with biological and sociocultural factors, put men and women at high risk of exposure. Certain cultural beliefs and practices will need to be changed, particularly in the area of sexual relationships, if we are to succeed in curbing the spread. Dangerous myths and the use of power to exploit sexual partners need to be exposed and counteracted as part of the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDs. A multi-sectoral approach to prevention and care creates the highest likelihood of dealing successfully with the monster that is HIV/AIDS, with the infected and uninfected playing their part.....