Our expert says:
Well answered, Inc. Sorry to hear the Expert is AWOL in HIV Forum, but it sounds like a clued-up group with others with good access to relevant info. Happy for the psychological aspects of HIV and other illnesses to be discussed here, just uneasy if people look for virological expertise here ! I think, including but beyond HIV as such, we need to recognize the extent to which stigma and other people's ignorance and hostility can form a major part of the suffering from many disorders. As with HIV, though the symptoms and many problems of the illness itself may respond well and be controlled by medication / treatments, in Epilepsy, and all psychiatric disorders, for instance, stigma and prejudice can become a major part of the burden. So maybe we need a broader campaign against stigma !
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