"Discrimination Does Nothing Good for Anyone"
The following is an extract from an article:IAS 2013: Scientists and Clinicians Must Challenge HIV-related Stigma, written by Edwin J Bernard. What is said applies equally well for Hepatitis B:
At least 44 countries still have some form of entry, stay, work, or residence restrictions for people with HIV, according to data presented at Tuesday’s satellite session on HIV-related travel restrictions, co-convened by the International AIDS Society, UNAIDS, European AIDS Treatment Group, and the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+).
The session included emotional personal testimony from Owie Franco, who was tested for HIV without his consent when he moved to Saudi Arabia for work, detained for 2 weeks, and deported back to his home country of the Philippines. "I was not treated with dignity," he said with powerful understatement.
The satellite session heard that scientists and clinicians can help change such problematic laws, policies, and practices through advocating for a rational, rights-based approach.
"Such laws and policies have nothing to do with public health, they are about political expediency," stated noted Malaysian political activist Marina Mahathir during a lively discussion on strategies to improve human rights and migration issues for people living with HIV. "Discrimination does nothing good for anyone," she concluded.
Well I can't wait till 2014 when health insurance companies will be stopped discriminating us with HBV and start offering us better coverage, and not overcharging us on premiums, and removing allowed treatment caps.
Social discrimination and stigma I don't care about.
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