01 Feb '11, 10pm

Change mindsets towards HIV & mental illness: Khaw

SINGAPORE - Recognising that the stigmatisation of HIV patients was a major obstacle to early treatment, Heath Minister Khaw Boon Wan urged Singaporeans to change their mindsets and stop perpetuating "the notion that it is a 'punishment' or 'what they deserved'". In his latest blog entry yesterday, Mr Khaw said: "While we may have deep-seated personal beliefs, we should try to remember that HIV is an infection and people who are infected should be cared for like anyone else living with a chronic illness." Noting that the stigma associated with HIV "has been a global obstacle to helping individuals to access HIV testing, treatment and care", Mr Khaw said that the fear of being "abandoned by families, friends and colleagues" meant that people delay or refuse HIV testing. As a result, sufferers are often diagnosed late, compromising health outcomes, Mr Khaw noted. Delayed dia...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110202-0000247/Ch...

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