People affected by HIV have known from the very beginning of the development of the disease, in the 1980s, many prejudices and many manifestations of discrimination. Nevertheless, it is the new generations that are most critical for pathology.
December 1 will be World AIDS Day. In 2017, 36.9 million people lived with this disease. 1.8 million newly affected people still have too many prejudices about the disease and those infected.
A recent study by Zawa, an expert in teleconsultation, was interested in the most appreciated pathologies from the French. Among the ten pathologies, HIV appears in third place, side by side with obesity.
These are disorders and pathologies associated with the so-called "risky" behavior, which are at the top of the list, with addiction taking first place and obesity second.
Among the respondents, most men have a negative attitude towards HIV-positive people. For them, HIV is the second most criticized pathology, while women rank it in fifth place, for drug addiction, scabies, obesity and STIs.
At the same time, it is the new generations that are the most malicious with people infected with HIV. In generation Y (18-35 years old), HIV takes the first place, before drug addiction and other STIs.
A judgment that can be explained by the level of awareness of young people about AIDS by 10 points from 2009.
In a recent FIFG study, 65% of people aged 15–24 did not know, for example, that a person undergoing effective treatment with an undetectable viral load does not transmit the AIDS virus, even without a condom.
The ZAVA study was conducted in April 2018 with a sample of 1000 people representing the population of France.