“That’s right people, US citizens have contracted the HIV virus. Stay in your homes, stay calm, authorities have detained the suspects and they are sure to be cleansed and removed. This will not be tolerated…”
Could you imagine? What if there was anti-HIV rhetoric like this in the US? What would the millions of infected citizens feel and how would they be treated?
Well guess what? This is exactly what is going on right now in Egypt. Men suspected of carrying the virus have been captured by police, tortured, and chained to hospital beds to be tested for the virus. Amnesty International has released a statement that follows:
In the U.S., being HIV positive is much more acceptable. Notable celebrities such as Magic Johnson have recieved substantial treatment for the virus while mainting their public image. There doesn’t seem to be any consensus that people living with HIV, such as Mr. Johnson, should be looked down upon or treated as any less of a person. The most important aspect of this story is how others in Egypt that are HIV positive will react to this news. In my opinion, it will only further put a black cloud over what is already an embarrasing issue, consequently putting more and more lives at risk…..but what do you think?