Where Malaysia currently stands in the HIV/AIDS epidemic

Various campaigns over the years have increased awareness about HIV/AIDS, but discrimination and stigma still surround those living with this STD. — Photos: Filepic

When the first case of HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) made its way to Malaysian shores in 1986, it was met with jeers and sneers, and was considered a sensitive topic to be discussed.

With Malaysia being a predominantly Muslim nation, HIV patients are most often frowned upon, which sadly causes patients to be reluctant in seeking treatment.

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