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fabio:
So, I was waiting for this to happen at some point since in Greece nurses are quite ignorant when it comes to HIV. One of my co-students made a presentation title that she wants to make and had very awful,bad inaccurate and ignorant wording that the professor didn't make the effort to correct.
She specifically wrote "people living with aids infection" which is so wrong in so many levels and I called it out. I said that aids is a syndrome and not an infection. What is more proper would be to write "people living with HIV/AIDS" rather than making such a major inaccuracy.
I did get attacked and the professor didn't say anything. But I feel ok for calling it out rather than just keep quiet about it. Considering most of the stigma I have personally faced from healthcare personnel was from nurses.
Did I do the right thing ?

zach:
I would have let it go.

Doesn't seem malicious, maybe somewhat misguided but at the end of the day it's a wording difference

Labels come and go, what is acceptable today was unknown yesterday and will be replaced with a new phrase tomorrow

Just my take

Mindless:
Dear Fabio,

I admit that before getting infected I was completely ignorant and for sure didn't know the difference between hiv and aids. But I'm not a nurse, nor I was studying to become one like your co-students.

These people are supposed to know better and the Prof should have endorsed you. Actally, I wonder why he didn't.

Be patient with them, they just act out of ignorance. We once were like them.

Hugs

Almost2late:

--- Quote from: fabio on April 13, 2021, 06:10:51 am ---Did I do the right thing ?

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Absolutely, it's reasonable I think for anyone using inaccurate medical terms to use the correct one.. especially if they're pursuing a medical profession.
 
Good for you Fabio for standing up to correct it.. knowledge beats stigma ;)

You probably should have stuck this topic in the "living with hiv" forum imo.

fabio:

--- Quote from: Mindless on April 13, 2021, 11:43:46 am ---Dear Fabio,

I admit that before getting infected I was completely ignorant and for sure didn't know the difference between hiv and aids. But I'm not a nurse, nor I was studying to become one like your co-students.

These people are supposed to know better and the Prof should have endorsed you. Actally, I wonder why he didn't.

Be patient with them, they just act out of ignorance. We once were like them.

Hugs

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That's what I thought as well,these people are supposed to educate others and promoting health and not misinformation. I did not do it in an offensive way by the way, I just politely and respectfully said that it is false to characterise a syndrome (which is a cluster of symptoms that happen for a reason) as an infection.
Other than the weight the word holds the stigma of death and implies that everyone who has HIV has AIDS.
I did what I thought was right and pointed a scientific inaccuracy like another professor of mine said. Although I seem to be quite hated in there by some students I dont mind that much.
To be honest I did not know much myself. I really was thinking that life would be just extended for some years and that was it. Until I met my doctors and they explained everything.

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