Attitude Change towards HIV/AIDS

Although it is considered that nowadays there is adequate knowledge about transmission of HIV/AIDS, we need to consider our personal attitude, and the attitudes of others, towards the disease and those suffering from it. In order to encourage positive attitude towards the infected and affected, and to demystify stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, through COC Nederland’s, 3W conducted a session on attitude change by bringing in LBQT parents together.

Attitude refers to our way of thinking, our set ways of behavior and our personal opinions relating to specific issues such as HIV/AIDS. When applied to people living with HIV/AIDS it refers to how we perceive such individuals in terms of our personal thinking. They stem from our upbringing. Attitudes are based on principles and are influenced by the environment we live and work in. Attitudes can be influenced by Personal, Religious, Cultural, Legal and Environmental factors.

HIV/ AIDS stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people living with HIV and AIDS. Many people have their own formed attitude towards those infected with HIV/AIDS, which can be negative and biased. People living with HIV often feel nervous about telling others that they have HIV due to the fear of stigma or discrimination. This can lead to isolation and feeling unsupported, which can have a significant impact on health and well-being. Stigma, whether perceived or real, often fuels myths, misconceptions and choices, impacting people’s HIV education and awareness. It can result in people with HIV believing some of the things that other people say about HIV, even when these are not true. Accepting an HIV positive person into our circle of friends and offering support and understanding will depend on our personal feelings on the issue.