HIV TV

From the Kaiser Family Foundation (South Korean Soap Opera Aims To Reduce Discrimination, Stigma Surrounding HIV):

South Korean television soap opera that aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS by portraying the story of an eight-year-old, HIV-positive girl has been receiving top ratings in its time slot, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports. According to the AP/Chronicle, the program’s audience has been steadily increasing since its premiere in March, and last week it reached 18.5% of television viewers during its time slot, according to AGB Nielsen Media Research.

In the show, which is called “Thank You,” the girl, Lee Bom, becomes HIV-positive through a blood transfusion. When villagers discover she is HIV-positive, they pressure her, her mother and her great-grandfather to leave the village out of fear they will contract the virus. The program’s producers have said that they aim to tell the “story of violence that rises from prejudice, discrimination and stereotype.”

According to Kim Hoon-soo, executive director of the Korea Confederation for HIV/AIDS Prevention, knowledge about HIV/AIDS in the country has increased, but “discrimination and prejudice” against people living with the disease is “still very strong and widespread.” Nam Jeong-gu, a researcher at South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the program “will help greatly to improve the public’s perception of the disease.”

The TV show sounds like a great idea. It reminds me of a situation I witnessed in 1995 on a flight between Raleigh Durham and Boston. There was a stir in the back of the plane because people were refusing to sit near a little girl who was traveling  alone. I didn’t hear exactly what was going on but am almost sure she had AIDS. Finally a man in first class with an open seat next to him (remember those days?) told the flight attendant to have her sit with him. She came up there hugging her teddy bear and slept through the whole flight.

This was well past the time that it had become clear that the HIV virus couldn’t be passed through casual contact, yet this little girl had to endure the ostracism along with the disease itself. I felt terrible for her.

I’m hopeful the TV show will spare some South Koreans from the same trauma.

May 4, 2007

3 thoughts on “HIV TV”

  1. We are a London based clinic in the process of clinical trial for a new herbal-based medicine for HIV, which we have been refining over the past 6 years. Animal experiments confirmed that it is 100% safe and even at high doses no immediate or delayed side effects were noted. We have completed clinical trial on 15 UK patients, all of whom have seen their viral count decrease significantly and CD4 count recover proportionally without any side effects.

    The duration of the treatment is normally between 6 – 12 months depending on the individual patient’s profile and the stage of the infection. We are looking for candidates to join our on-going trial treatment programme.

    Interested candidates can contact us via email at hiv.support.2001@googlemail.com

    We are able to ship medicine free of charge to anywhere in the world in exchange we request that the participating candidates provide us with blood test results throughout the course of the treatment.

  2. We are a London based clinic in the process of clinical trial for a new herbal-based medicine for HIV, which we have been refining over the last 7 years. Since it is made from 100% natural herbal ingredients it causes no side effects. We have completed clinical trials on over 30 UK patients, all of whom have seen their viral count decrease significantly and CD4 count recover proportionally without any side effects.

    The duration of the treatment is normally between 6 – 18 months depending on the individual patient’s profile and the stage of the infection.

    Since May 2007, we selected a special group of 7 HIV patients from various western countries (UK, US, France and Romania) who were not and did not wish to take any antiretroviral treatments to undergo treatment using only our medicine. We ensured that all 7 HIV patients have access to reputable specialist clinics to produce reliable blood tests every 2 – 3 months. Through these reports we were able to determine that our medicine is capable of reducing viral load and increasing CD4. One of the earliest members just received a blood test report which showed undetectable viral load after 7 months of treatment. His initial viral load was in the low 5 figure range and he also saw proportionate improvement in his CD4. All of them reported immediate improvement in their energy level and appetite after starting the treatment and no immediate or delayed side effects.

    Animal studies confirmed that it is 100% safe and even at higher doses no immediate or delayed side effects were noted. Results from our laboratory studies indicate that this medicine contain compounds effective in preventing viral duplication.

    Due to the fact that our existing group of patients are getting better, we wish to expand this program and invite new candidates to join us.

    We are able to ship the medicine completely free of charge to anywhere in the world in exchange we request the participants to provide us with periodic (minimum once every 3 months) blood test results throughout the course of the treatment.

    Interested candidates can contact us via email at hiv.support.2001@googlemail.com and we will also be able to provide references and contacts from our existing candidates upon their approval.

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