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STIGMA FEAR ANDDISCRIMINATIONPRESENTERCLARIS ABIEROWHAT IS PSYCHOSOCIALSUPPORT? These are the services and skills that youoffer that address the emotional and socialimpacts of HIV. Managing stigma Assessing mental health helping to maintainstability Mobilizing social and spiritual supportSOURCES OF PSYCHOSOCIALSUPPORT Family members and friends Community based organizations Spiritual/religious leaders and institutions Traditional healers.STIGMA Ancient Greek used the word stigma torefer to brands or body marks exposingpeople to be avoided.WHY IS THERE STIGMA? People living with HIV/AIDS are often seen asbeing shameful Infection is associated with minority groups orbehaviors e.g, homosexuality It may be linked to pervasion and thecondition seen as punishment Seen as the result of personal irresponsibility It is believed to bring shame upon family orcommunityFACTORS WHICH CONTRIBUTETO HIV/AIDS RELATED STIGMA HIV/AIDS is a life threatening disease People are scared of contracting HIV The disease is associated with behavior (sex,homosexuality, drug abuse) that is alreadystigmatized in many societies People living with HIV/AIDS are often thought of asbeing responsible for becoming infected Religious beliefs that lead people to believe ththaving HIV/AIDS is the result of moral fault ( such aspromiscuity or deviant sex) that deserves to bepunishedPOWE

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