HIV/AIDS in Kuwait!

Posted: April 16, 2009 in Kuwait, Medical, News
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According to AlWatan Newspaper (local Kuwaiti newspaper in Arabic), HIV/AIDS was officially reported in Kuwait in the year 1984. Since then till last month, March 09, 136 nationals have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS: 94 males, 39 females, and 3 children!!

I also came across a 2002 scientific survey published in Family Practice Journal by Oxford University that reported the “knowledge and attitudes of Kuwaiti family physicians.” The results of the survey can be summarized to

“Knowledge was lacking in areas dealing with HIV-related neuropsychiatric complications and other issues concerning HIV/AIDS, special populations and range of normal sexuality. The majority of physicians expressed negative attitudes toward homosexuality and about AIDS patients in general. Eighty-three per cent of Kuwaiti family physicians would opt out of treating AIDS patients. More than half of the physicians would avoid coming into social contact with HIV-seropositive persons. No significant difference was found for the total knowledge and attitude scores for gender.” – Abdullahi Fido and Raghad Al Kazemi, Kuwait University.

Thank God HIV/AIDS is not an epidemic here in Kuwait, but non-the-less, we are part of a world who suffers from this malicious killer. Let alone globalization and the ease of travel now to almost anywhere in the world. It’s just sad how some Kuwaiti physicians have negative attitudes towards people with HIV/AIDS. Oh and the education part! WOW!!!!

I also recall reading an article in KuwaitTimes.com, forwarded by Ansario!, reporting a story of a young person living with HIV/AIDS in Kuwait:

“Everyone thinks that I can pass HIV to them through the air,” says Yousif, a young man in Kuwait who has AIDS. “They can’t understand that you can have HIV but still be alive and function normally. No. That just doesn’t make sense to them. And they have to inform your workplace and have it written in your medical record: ‘You have AIDS. You are dying. You are a promiscuous bed-hopping cheap person who is infected to prove to the rest of humans that God is fair’,” he said bitterly. “I swear, I’m used to this reaction. I’m immune to it.” – Hussain Al-Qatari, KuwaitTimes.com

From my humble experience, we are no different from Sub-Saharan African nations when it comes to attitudes and knowledge about HIV/AIDS, with different proportions of disease spread of course. I just hope at least the medical community is now more educated and sensitive than they were back in 2002.

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  1. […] Original post by dhuwail […]

  2. Sara says:

    Great post BDD!
    LOL..Ansario..hahaha
    Great blog, keep it up 🙂

  3. kcal says:

    I heard that they tried locking up all the AIDS patients to prevent it from being contagious, is there any truth to that?

    • dhuwail says:

      That’s what I heard too sadly. I know if you’re not a national, you will be deported almost immediately. If you are a national, you’ll be locked up for a period of time at the hospital for tests and what have you, then you can go live freely I think. I’ll try to investigate more, but hope I won’t get locked up just for asking :p

  4. Noushe says:

    What an irony these 2 writing an article on HIV ( A Fido & Raghad Alkazemi)
    Particularly for people who knows Raghad Alkazemi while she was living in the UK and travelling to Kuwait on supposedly holiday/visiting parents.
    Wow , what a laugh.

    • dhuwail says:

      Yeah, I have no idea on any of the history and not even sure what you’re talking about 🙂 I welcome all comments and feedback. Thank you and hope you continue to come back and comment more.

  5. Laila says:

    SORRY! I CANNOT BELEVIE THAT YOU ARE REAL KUWAITI…MAY BE ON BODY BUT NEVER ON SOUL…KUWAITI PEOPLE IS HARD,BAD AND THINK THAT GOD EXIST ONLY TO HELP THEM AND HURT WHO HAD OFENSED THEM.THEY HAVE NO MERCY FROM WHO SUFFER….
    YOU ARE SWEET, INTELIGENT, HAVE A MIND:NO A REAL KUWAIT PERSON

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!

    • crazyd says:

      Haha, thank you for your support and kind words. Yes, I am a Kuwaiti and I know there are people out there who are helping Kuwait very much and hope their efforts will surface soon inshallah 🙂

  6. Noushe says:

    Laila,

    I don’t understand what you are saying….

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