Almost universally, the disease seems to be shrouded in a thick cloak of silence and practical denial. To some extent silence and denial are a protective human response to situations that are excessively stressful.
But trying to cover up the existence of AIDS, as occurs worldwide in families, communities and countries, will never lead to mastery over the disease or its impacts. In fact, denial and silence are ways of suppressing or distorting truth. They do not fit in well with the Lord’s promise that “the truth will set you free.” Likewise, stigma and discrimination are rampant across the globe. The only reason HIV is stigmatized is it natural link with sexually transmitted diseases, which often connote promiscuity. Thus it has to do with the embarrassment of being found out to be sexually impure. In any decent culture, sex is sacred. It is best when performed in marriage. Stigma is irrational and harmful; one common and almost universal manifestation of this stigma is the attempt to dissociate oneself from HIV/AIDS, to see it as somebody else’s problem and not one’s own. The reflection of this vicissitudes in mind gave birth to Living Positive with HIV/AIDS Positively, so sure you will enjoy it.
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About the Author
Pastor Johnson F. Odesola is a seasoned minister of the gospel, an international conference speaker, and a prolific writer who has authored many titles. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, A.G.O, RCCG Ministry, the Special Assistant to the General Overseer, R.C.C.G, and the Pastor in Charge of the Region 1, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos. He holds B.A. (Honours), London; MTH, Queens University, Belfast, PHD, Ashland University, PHD, TIU, and LLM, (UL). He is a father and mentor to several ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ,