The extent of stigma and discrimination against Malaysians living with HIV in the society is alarming. According to a survey sponsored by Synovate (M) Sdn Bhd in 2008, “Three out of four Malaysians said they would feel ashamed if they were infected with HIV, while one out of two said they would feel ashamed if someone in their family had HIV and AIDS.

“Medication is important, but equally important is that one needs support from friends and family, and an environment free from stigma and discrimination.

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