STDs in general, and HIV/AIDS in particular are definitely not topics people enjoy talking about. Making it difficult to find support for HIV patients in Japan. Whether we like it or not, in order to prevent the diseases from spreading, constant prevention and education on the disease is a necessity for public health.
Although the numbers of HIV infected people in Japan remains low compared to other countries, the infection rate is currently increasing and the topic is still considered taboo. The situation in Japan is pretty alarming: The topic of STDs are not openly discussed and condoms, while the birth control method of choice, are quite often not used. As a consequence, while global data indicates a general decline in HIV/AIDS cases, the number of newly infected people in Japan has doubled in the past decade.
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To raise awareness the Japanese health ministry started HIV test awareness week from 2006. Other initiatives have been taken like the creation of the Japan HIV Center. What if you or one of your friends or family member is infected? The JHC, a non-profit and non governmental organization was founded in Osaka in 1988 to provide support for HIV patients in Japan. They have branches in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hyogo, Shikoku and Okayama.
Whether you suffer from the virus yourself, would like to learn about safe sex, or simply need to talk about the disease with an individual or group of people to share your experience, the JHC can help. You can go to Living Centers that have accommodations in Tokyo and Osaka or call the HIV/AIDS Hotline. The JHC provides care support and information with all the services they offer (hotline, counseling and medical social work, etc.) suitable for English-speakers regardless of your situation.
Nowadays HIV/AIDS are still sensitives topics. However there is no need to suffer by yourself if you learn that you or someone close to you has tested positive.
JAPAN HIV CENTER (JHC)
Yoshida Bldg.2F, 1-2-2, Uchilanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0047, Japan
03-5259-0256 (First Saturday every month between 12:00-15:00)