With all the hysteria that's becoming present in our society over HIV/AIDS, one group seems to be forgotten: the ones unfortunate enough to contract the illness. They are considered to be the lowest of the low; since they were 'responsible' for their illness, they're not entitled to the same type of sympathy given for victims of other conditions, such as cancer. This perpetual shame might provoke some to make unwise sexual decisions, such as not disclosing to their partners they have an illness (who wants someone with AIDS). Or, they could wound up entangled in a constant web of self-despair and depression. So, my question is, when will society start seeing these people as human too? While the message of prevention is obviously important, there's got to be some focus on those who already have the condition, both in how they deal with the illness along with how society deals with it. With drugs and/or a healthy outlook, today's HIV-infected person can live many years. Infected women can have healthy babies. Life is not over if you have the illness, so why do we treat these people in the manner that we do? Part of the reason why some HIV-infected individuals continue to spread the disease is because of how we demonize them when they do disclose their condition.