STAMINA-SCORA CIMSA UPH 2021
Written by mcdcimsa, on March 24th, 2021
STAMINA SCORA CIMSA UPH
The words ‘HIV & AIDS’ is surely something that is not foreign to most; But amongst those who do, what percentage of them fully understand what HIV & AIDS is?
Understanding HIV & AIDS does not mean only knowing “what is stands for”, but it refers to individuals who are able to comprehend the reality of this disease and are able to overcome and fight the discrimination against HIV & AIDS in themselves.
According to a 2012 study done on teenagers aged 15-19, 71,63% of them are still prejudiced against HIV patients whilst 49,10% have minimal knowledge about AIDS. This prejudice and stigma surrounding HIV-positive people are caused by several factors, such as:
- Minimum knowledge about HIV & AIDS.
- Incorrect perception of how HIV & AIDS are transmitted.
- Knowledge about HIV & AIDS that came from incorrect sources.
- Anxiety and fear that exceed normal limits with regards to sensitive social issues.
- Taking inappropriate actions and medications with regards to HIV&AIDS.
When these feelings of shame, indignity and humiliation are successfully transferred to HIV patients, they lead to internalized stigma and may prevent these patients from getting their appropriate testing and treatments they crucially need in order to live a relatively normal life. In fact, amongst the 640,000 HIV Indonesian patients in 2018, only 51% of them were aware of their disease and only 17% underwent treatment.
As such, SCORA from CIMSA UPH, as a standing committee responsible for reproductive health and rights including HIV & AIDS, uploaded a post on Instagram on the 21st of December 2020 containing a series of short facts and information regarding the disease as well as uploaded a podcast titled ‘Stop Stigma Negative and Discrimination HIV & AIDS’, or STAMINA for short on Spotify on the 9th of January 2021 as a means to further educate the general population about HIV & AIDS with hopes to diminish and tackle the negative stigma by increasing the awareness and knowledge of others about HIV & AIDS.
Refusing to help, socialize and to include HIV-positive people is not cool and will never be trendy nor is appropriate to do so. Together, we can help bring peace and relief to people living with HIV & AIDS, and perhaps, in saving a precious soul.