Albinism – The History of Albinism

Albinism is a rare of skin disease where the individuals have little or no melanin pigment left in their skin, hair, and eyes. Albinism is a disease, which is as old as the medical literature itself. However, the first ever reported case of albinism that scientifically came up was in the year 1908. Most of the individuals that have suffered from albinism have a long history of being ostracized and rebuked by the society. People tend to avoid individuals suffering from albinism solely based on their outer appearance.

However, albinism has a deep history associated along with it. People suffering from albinism have been always discriminated based on their appearance. A large number of books and movies have criticized albinism. People used to relate it to factors, such as danger, terror and people suffering from albinism had criminal tendencies.

Albinism, as a disease has always been maladjusted and under socialized. Their pale skin and white hair was a foreign concept that actually served as a way of redemption of their sins, which the patients had committed in their previous birth.

There have also been a large number of myths and superstitions associated with albinism. The most popular myth regarding albinism in Zimbabwe is that having sex with a woman having albinism can help an HIV infected man to cure himself. This age-old myth has led to a large number of albinism affected women in the area being raped and thus, being infected by the HIV virus in the name of cure.

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