Despite extensive efforts by the government, Dutch celebrities, the HIV treatment centers, the GGD and organizations such as the HIV association, there is still (or again) a taboo on homosexuality and on people in our Western society. with an HIV infection. The HIV treatment team pays a lot of attention to this in their contact with the patient.
Questions like: Who do I tell that I am HIV positive? Do I tell it at work? What should I do if I hear negative noises about people living with HIV? are often discussed.
HIV and Islam
Some of our HIV-infected patients are Muslim. Some Muslims struggle with their homosexuality and especially with their HIV infection. And although their homosexuality is often known in their immediate environment, it is by no means always accepted. The HIV infection is usually kept secret and is more often seen as a punishment than with non-religious people. Feelings of guilt often play an even greater role among Muslims than among non-Muslims. It is important to discuss these feelings and try to eliminate or at least reduce them.
A group meeting especially for Muslims is organized in the autumn.