Belgian HIV carriers keep illness secret

21st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

21 November 2003, ANTWERP - Ninety-seven percent of HIV carriers in Belgium keep their condition secret from acquaintances and work colleagues for fear of being discriminated against, according to a survey by an AIDS victims support group.

21 November 2003

ANTWERP - Ninety-seven percent of HIV carriers in Belgium keep their condition secret from acquaintances and work colleagues for fear of being discriminated against, according to a survey by an AIDS victims support group.

The fear of losing their jobs was the reason cited by most of those who said they had revealed their illness only to their immediate family and very close friends, the Flanders-based AIDS support group Sensoa said.

The majority of women HIV carriers who took part in the survey said a decision not to have children was the single most upsetting factor imposed by their illness, and a common regret among both sexes was the abstinence of sexual activity imposed upon them.

Sensoa said HIV carriers often complained their lives were heavily burdoned with anxiety and depression.


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Subject: Belgian news


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