They are often seen alongside other forms of stigma and discrimination, such as racism, homophobia or misogyny and can be associated with behaviours often considered socially unacceptable such as as a whole.
On a national level, the stigma associated with HIV can deter governments from taking fast, effective action against the epidemic, whilst on a personal level it can make individuals reluctant to access HIV testing, treatment and care."Stigma remains the single most important barrier to public action.
Defined as “a mark of shame, disgrace or discredit,” stigma has long plagued HIV/AIDS.
It is one of the defining characteristics of the disease, differentiating it from its biologically-parallel-but-socially-altogether-different retroviral kin: hepatitis, herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).
I had to answer the question I’m asked over and over again. Many of my friends think you should let the person get to know you first before launching into your medical history. Being HIV-positive isn’t the same as having a beast of a mother or being a Log Cabin Republican.
I could do corporate events and meet with people who were open to giving money as long as they didn't have to actually come into contact with anyone HIV-positive (, gay men).
I wanted to smack them, but I wanted their donations more.
Stigma is a chief reason why the AIDS epidemic continues to devastate societies around the world" - As part of the Hope for Aids Stigma Reduction programme, CABSA is conducting a survey to identify good practices programmes addressing HIV related stigma in faith communities in Africa.
Please contribute to this study or share the information with other organisations: People don’t want us to: Cut their hair, Serve them food, Babysit their children, Marry them Or be their friend.* Why AIDS stigma is as deadly as the virus itself.