Sometimes I count my blessings, probably not as often as I should. I live in an assisted-living care facility and I see people in wheelchairs; with mental incapacities of all degrees. Everyone is treated well and with respect. I, with my 27 years of HIV, many of them asympomatic, did have a career. And I still benefit from that career with health care benefits. I live in a prosperous part of the world (you might even call it a greedy part of the world); but I live comfortably; receiving all my pain medication, and health care for free. And most importantly, I have the freedom to make decisions regarding my health care. Recently I read an article about women with HIV in Chile. One young woman (who didn't want her name used, as the stigma is acute in Chile) was STERILIZED without her knowledge or consent. In fact, it seems the whole health care system berates women who have babies if they have HIV. The nurses and the doctors scold them and tell them they should of had an abortion. Plus, in health care clinics, patients who are HIV- are seen first; patients with HIV have to wait. Meanwhile, the young woman who was sterilized in the article, awoke from a ceaserean, with a healthy baby, but would not be able to have another. Our medical system is not perfect, but in this case, the system in Chile has pretty much raped this patient by removing her reproductive organs and the right to control what happens to her body. http://www.globalpost.com/print/5595676?page=full
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