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Language and HIV communication

Authors Lynn VA

Received 3 August 2017

Accepted for publication 30 August 2017

Published 20 September 2017 Volume 2017:9 Pages 183—185


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Bassel Sawaya

Vickie A Lynn

Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

I am writing to comment on Kontomanolis et al’s recent article entitled “The social stigma of HIV-AIDS: society’s role”.1 Although I applaud the authors for writing about this important topic and I wholeheartedly agree that HIV-related stigma is devastating to women living with HIV, I want to point out that using stigmatizing language when writing an article about HIV-related stigma is counterproductive.

Author’s reply

Emmanuel N Kontomanolis

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece

In our civilized world, all human beings are entitled to their own opinion. I agree that AIDS is a collection of diseases, a syndrome. A good number of people though have passed away because of AIDS. I do admire the courage of our colleague and congratulate her on declaring in written form that she is an AIDS patient since very few people have the strength to do that in our established society today.  

View the original paper by Kontomanolis and colleagues.

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