HOPE AND FEAR 3
HIV/AIDSbeing an incurable killer disease is dreaded by every other person. The fear of the disease is not so much in the disease but rather, theknowledge that it is a death process that has been started. Theimagination that the hopes one had for the future might never berealized, brings in fear and desperation as one keeps on constantlythinking about death. Considering the immense contribution in themedical technology advancement, today, being diagnosed with HIV mightnot be the worst case scenario (Veatch, Haddad & English, 2010).This is the case considering that unlike in the past when HIV couldhave killed a person in less than two years, the process of dyingwith HIV has long been prolonged.
Accordingto Cohen-Chen,et al, (2014),hope revolves around positive imagination and expectation in relationto the possible outcome on the expected eventuality. On the otherhand fear is aroused by situation of threat and danger to a person(Cohen-Chen, et al, 2014).The results are human being tend to build a defense mechanism againstperceived threats as they look forward to a relief from the possibledanger.
Throughmedical advancements, medicine has been discovered to prolong life incase one contract the virus. Though there is no complete cure, theconsolation that with proper medication one can live for three ormore decades is comforting to the individual, the family and thecaregivers (Veatch, Haddad & English, 2010). This dispels anyfear of death as it is not immediate and restores the hope to alonger life. Being diagnosed with HIV today, there would be theobvious shock, disbelief, denial and fear of death. Nevertheless, theknowledge of the available life prolonging medical options wouldrestore the much lost hope in the long run and dispel the fear ofdeath.
Cohen-Chen,S., Halperin, E., Porat, R., & Bar-Tal, D. (2014). Thedifferential effects of hope and fear on information processing inintractable conflict. Journalof Social and Political Psychology,2(1),11-30.
Veatch,R. M., Haddad, A. & English, D. (2010). Casestudies in biomedical ethics.New York, NY: Oxford University Press.