Asian Immigrants in North America with HIV/AIDS: Stigma, by AKM Ahsan Ullah, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

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By AKM Ahsan Ullah, Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

This ebook explores a few matters concerning the stigma coming up from HIV/AIDS an infection, perceived or real discrimination from the group and society and the level of vulnerabilities for contaminated Asian refugees and immigrants. It assesses the overall healthiness care and remedy routine for HIV/AIDS accessed via immigrants and refugee claimants in North the USA, together with remedies provided through the health-care method and ethnic groups and their perceptions and biases with regards to HIV/AIDS matters. On one other point, the e-book identifies the ways that HIV-sufferer immigrants and refugees/refugee claimants from Asia are susceptible to discrimination as a result of 1) lack of knowledge approximately HIV/AIDS occurrence locally; 2) lack of ability of the healthiness approach to reply effectively; and three) the community’s want for introspection all alone well-being concerns. This ebook unearths the dynamics that impression selection, habit and way of life of HIV patient immigrants, provides to the present wisdom approximately refugees and migrants and proposes a unified idea of discrimination and stigmatization in the context of human rights. moreover, the booklet provides a couple of coverage ideas according to empirical findings for you to aiding reshape polices concerning refugee HIV victims and their social ramifications. This booklet should be of curiosity to researchers and scholars in any box from social sciences, healthiness and psychology, in addition to practitioners within the box of improvement and public coverage. The e-book may be precious to coverage formulators and implementers engaged in addressing the intense hazard emanating from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Discussing ‘everyday lives’ opens up a host of micro and macro issues. It allows us to assess whether people are experiencing discrimination. This can generate rich data as to where this discrimination comes from and how it is experienced. There is limited published literature on health issues of South Asians, and there is no known systematic study so far on HIV prevalence and treatment among South Asians in North America. Anecdotal evidence shows that many South Asian women in Canada discover their HIV status only when they begin prenatal care and are tested for HIV as part of routine procedures in early pregnancy (Sheth 2001; Yoshioka and Schustack 2001).

Mak et al. (2006) in their Hong Kong study revealed much greater stigma among the general population towards HIV/AIDS when compared with tuberculosis and SARS (Mak et al. 2006). Such moral judgments commonly focus on behaviours perceived to be associated with HIV, such as drug use, commercial sex or homosexuality (Fig. 3). Despite the existence of strong legislation in China that protects confidentiality and guarantees access and equality of treatment, stigma continues to take place during healthcare practice (Yang et al.

According to Goffman (1963), stigmatization is a powerful discrediting social label that radically changes the way individuals view themselves. As a social construct, stigma affects the life experiences of infected individuals, their partners, family and friends. Goffman’s description was interpreted by many scholars as encompassing various perceptions of negative characteristics. Society tends to reject people due to their psychological and physical attributes when these differ from generally accepted normative conditions.

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