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Overcoming Stigma of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected Patients: Breaching the Myths

Deepak Nagpal, Manpreet S Nanda

Keywords : Human immunodeficiency virus, Interprofessional education, Stigma

Citation Information : Nagpal D, Nanda MS. Overcoming Stigma of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected Patients: Breaching the Myths. J Contemp Dent 2018; 8 (3):135-136.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10031-1237

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; The Author(s).


India has the third highest number of estimated people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the world. The current moral panic about HIV/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the theories of deviance that go with it are not a new phenomenon. People expect dental students to know all about HIV/AIDS, but many experience the same fear and ignorance as the public. There is a need to cultivate non judgmental attitude towards the care of people infected with HIV/AIDS. This requires systematic and sensitive educational program. Recent trends have emphasized the use of interprofessional education (IPE) as a very effective tool to overcome such barriers in delivering optimal health care to these patients. The present article reflects the current scenario of the patients living with HIV and the stigma associated with it. We attempt to propose an IPE module to overcome the same.

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