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Social stigma attached to certain diseases is totally unfounded and uncalled for
Social stigma attached to some diseases is totally unfounded and uncalled for. These diseases are leprosy, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and mental diseases. We fear that by associating ourselves with the persons suffering from these diseases, either we would contract the disease or else come to some harm from the patients concerned.

People think that leprosy is an abhorrent disease and is communicable so that we would become disfigured like the patients suffering from this disease by merely touching or nursing them but such is not the case. The bacteria of this disease are very weak and it takes a long time of contact with the patients to contract the disease. So, there is no harm in touching or nursing leprosy patients. Moreover, this disease is totally curable if detected early by use of medicines continuously.

Similarly, people suffering from HIV/AIDS are shunned as we think that these people have committed sins and we would contract the disease from them. However, the disease does not spread through sinful sex only but can be contracted on using the same syringe which has been used by a patient suffering from AIDS.

This is a non-communicable disease and can be contracted through unsafe sex with a infected person only. This disease does not spread by touching the patient or by kissing the patient or by taking bath with the patient or eating with him. Hence, there is no need to fear from such patients.

Tuberculosis is a communicable disease but is completely curable. By taking good nutritious food and taking medicines and injections regularly, it can be cured and the person can become perfectly healthy. There is no need to develop a hate feeling for the patients suffering from this disease and we can actually help the patients concerned by nursing them and cheering them up.

In so far as mental diseases are concerned, they are absolutely non-communicable and it is only our unfounded fear that we would develop these diseases if we interact with patients suffering from these diseases. Of course, we need to keep away from very violent mentally ill persons, but we should not hate them.

There are so many drugs available in the market which can be taken on the advice of a psychiatrist. These drugs can not only calm down violent mental patients but can also cure all the mental diseases.


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