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Sharp increase in HIV infected in Greece

14 September 2011 / 20:09:28  GRReporter
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NGOs have drawn attention to the prejudices and stereotypes against HIV-positive, who often come from the doctors. In the case of the woman, the anesthesiologist on duty said, "do not give priority to the HIV-positive." In the case of an African who lives in Greece 20 years and has Greek citizenship, things are even more absurd. The man is forced to travel to Athens every day, because he has to undergo haemodialysis. The hospital in the town where he lives refuses to make the procedure there, justifying the refusal by the fact that there is no separate room for HIV-positive patients. "The nurse will need to wear a spacesuit to protect from possible infection" was the "competent" response by the head of the nephrological clinic of the hospital. In another conversation with a social worker, he said that because during the haemodialysis the patient's blood is outside his body, "if the fistula needle pops out, the room will be filled with infected blood and this will cause panic."

Serious are the problems faced by HIV-positive on their jobs. Many companies subject all employees to mandatory testing in violation of the law, as this should be done only with their consent. The typical example is of a participant in a television show, who was tested without being warned and subsequently forced not to participate in the show.

According to NGOs, the introduction of a class in sexual education in the schools is mandatory in order to inform the children about AIDS and other infectious diseases. "We know that there is a textbook that is not approved by the ministry, most likely because of barriers of the Church."

They believe that despite the crisis, even the few resources that are allocated could lead to the desired result, provided they are used wisely.

Tags: SocietyAIDSVirusHIV-positiveTestantiretroviral therapyCrisisDrug addictsStereotypes
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