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Cultural Stigma Complicates Care For Many Living With HIV In South Korea, Activists Say

Christian Science Monitor: South Korea struggles to overcome cultural stigma of AIDS
“…Many [people living with HIV] risk being ostracized by family and friends, saddled with a stigma that has its roots in Confucian beliefs that still thrive alongside the country’s advanced economy and pop culture juggernaut. Kim Jae-cheon, an HIV/AIDS activist, says that many Koreans believe people with the illness are simply bad and that they bring shame upon their community. In a society dominated by conservative views of sex, HIV/AIDS is also often associated with the LGBT community and prostitutes, both of which are viewed negatively here…” (Power, 3/1).

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