How we perceive the world is not only based on the geography of the ”real” school atlas world, it is also in the way we make assumptions on how people are. I connect AIDS to the geographical perspective by showing, not only the global spread of HIV, but also how local epidemics can be detected and dealt with, if we think of geography from a more cultural side.
Literally, depending on where in the world we live our lives, we will have bigger or smaller risks of being exposed to HIV, and we will have access to better or worse amount and quality of information, which we can base our decisions on how to live our lives (behaviour).
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13. The Geographical Perspective
For each day working on HIV prevention, I am more convinced that working on HIV/AIDS will have significant impact on humanity and our well-being in general and specific terms. The Environmental Perspective might be an eye-opener to some of you, and it is definitely an area that should be worked on in research, to give us more knowledge on the links to AIDS. This is the last but one of All the 13 Perspectives of AIDS; the concept that I have developed to easier understand the complexity of AIDS.
12. The Environmental Perspective gives a brief insight on some of these links between AIDS and the environment.
Security can be seen from personal and organisational angles, affecting all inhabitants in a society. HIV has brought attention to the personal security, not only to stay safe from the infection, but also to be able to live, work and study despite ones HIV status.
Migration and internal movement of people from conflict areas or as a part of urbanisation (sometimes caused by HIV/AIDS in countries heavily affected) affect people's security situation in the new setting.
11. The Security Perspective brings up the issue of migration and IDPs, as well as societies’ responsibility for providing security for PLWHA.
Legislation regulates a society and projects the political will on how and what its member population should abide to. One could say they are the pillars on which society rests. These laws can be used to oppress, and to set people free. They can most certainly affect how the HIV pandemic continues and they can have a strong influence on good practice to prevent the spread of HIV.
10. The Juridical Perspective presents some angles about laws and legislation in connection to HIV and AIDS.
Cultural expressions are part of the humanity. Something to turn to for energy and hope, but also something that can provoke our way of thinking and reacting to new challenges. How is AIDS connected to this, and in which ways can Culture and AIDS interact? If some people are more attracted to certain cultural expressions; have we learnt from this and consider the use of Cultural Specific Methods when working on HIV prevention?
9. The Cultural Perspective gives some ideas about this co-existence of AIDS i Culture and Culture in AIDS.