Stop Throwing Stones: Discrimination against PLWHA

There is an old adage that says “actions speak louder than words” and there is also the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It is with this premise that I share today’s two (2) videos with you as I continue to place the spotlight on discrimination against PLWHA (Persons living with HIV/AIDS). Before viewing, think of these words. This picture was taken of a patch of sand on the beach several months ago. Ordinarily sand is appreciated for many properties, most of all for its rightful place on a beach. However as you look at this picture, a thing of beauty emerges and it is no longer just sand, but a piece of art. It is all about perspective. I hope that these videos help shape your perspective and attitude towards PLWHA. They were created by videographer Elspeth Duncan for the NGO – Trinidad & Tobago Coalition on the Rights of the Child (TTCRC). I would love to hear of your thoughts and feelings. As for me, it just makes me sad.

3 thoughts on “Stop Throwing Stones: Discrimination against PLWHA”

  1. I believe that people with hiv should keep it private, when people dont know then they cannot descriminate and you cannot force people to accept something if they do not want to. if nobody knows then the hiv person can take care of themselves and continue to live and work and go to school but as soon as someone knows then they loose everything. the hiv person should take responsibility of themselves and make sure that they dont infect other people. only people who are found to be irresponsible should be exposed so as to protect others. but if you have any disease i believe you should keep your health a private matter and deal with. people are not that caring and understanding, they will scorn you if you are sick that is reality, stop trying to force people to accept hiv. there are those who can handle it but most people cannot. I can handle it because we are all people, i have worked with hiv people. and i have eaten from the same utensils as them, i hug them as normal but still i believe that i have to be careful of cuts and fluids. not everyone can do this so we need to be wise.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Donna. For many years I held similar views. Over time, through raised awareness and persons like Lorna sharing their views, I have come to a slightly different conclusion. Persons still do have the right to keep it a private matter. The funny thing is that people are willing to discriminate even on a suspicion and it puts one in a position of constantly having to defend. You are correct though – the choice is there to keep it a private matter except of course in certain requisite situations. I cannot however discount Lorna’s choice to be open. Through her efforts, I am convinced that many persons were not only educated but encouraged to rethink their attitudes. So in fact I think she was succesful in helping us to bring HIV out of the shadows and look it square on in the face. That is progress. What’s more I think that stories like these go a long way in encouraging PLWHA to accept a positive diagnosis, not as a death sentence but to see that life is possible. That too is progress. And finally it has impressed upon many of us the need to make safe & healthy lifestyle choices. Even more progress. I understand your reasoning nonetheless.

  2. How did Lorna get children after being diagnosed with hiv, did she give it to her husband? if not then she should educate people on what to do so as not to infect others.We have to know that the sins of the parents will fall on the children, so that if our parents are wealthy we will be considered and respected as well as our parents and vice versa. There are certain things that we cannot change and we must accept that and do the best we can with what we have. I dont believe that we can stop discrimination at least not now. I know of people living with a lifestyle disease and if they let an employer know that it will determine whether they get the job or not. My conclusion is do not let people know of your health status because you want to be fair and just, only let certain people know,if it is compulsory for example a Doctor or a sexual partner, other people do not need to know because they will discriminate and it will only make a bad situation worse. If Lorna do not tell people, then her life would be much easier. The burden of living with hiv is enough to bear, she does not need to deal with people bad mind and heart. DONT TELL.
    but remember to be responsible and make sure no one gets infected by you.Nobody would know unless you tell.even when you go out to promote your cause you can be effective without telling. It maybe wise to tell only people who has to deal with hiv in order to encourage them and give them hope but people who do not have it do not need to know your status. You cannot bend an old tree, people are set in their ways even from Biblical times, we cannot force people to accept what they dont want to, we have to make the adjustments

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