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    • Raffaele Ladu
    • 03.12.11 | 14:08 (IST)

    Italy's GDP per capita is only about 10% greater than Israel's, but Italian HIV+ people are being treated the way Dr. Itzhak Levi can only dream of in Israel: the doctor can prescribe any drug (s)he seems fit, and after performing all the necessary tests, including those on drug resistance and genetic tests (which are mandatory on prescribing some drugs, as they can be harmful). In my opinion, the BIG problem is the stigma: not only does it encourage recklessness and discourages getting help, but also reduces the political clout of HIV+ people, so the government and the sick funds are being allowed to refuse them adequate health funds and care. By the way, in Italy everybody can have an HIV test for free. Denying pregnant women a HIV test unless they confess to being prostitutes or intravenous drug users (they, and men who have sex with men, are the "high risk groups" in Western countries), even though many of them get infected by their careless and philandering partner, through no fault of their own, would be considered in other countries a blatant example of male-chauvinism.

    from the article: How Israel stigmatizes and mistreats AIDS sufferers
    First published 03:55 30.11.11 | Last updated 03:55 30.11.11
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