HIV stigma is the shame or disgrace associated with HIV. People living with HIV are blamed for getting the disease and are punished by exclusion, isolation, prejudice, and discrimination.
How does it affect people?
Shame and fear of being judged by others prevents people from getting tested. The stigma is so powerful that people avoid talking about it, which feeds the fear of shame and disgrace.
How do you end HIV stigma?
Being aware of your status and sharing the truth with others can create a support system. Hearing other peoples’ stories can lighten the burden and create opportunities for solutions and action. Be compassionate and supportive to people with HIV.
Overcoming HIV stigma with courage and compassion (Videos)