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Aug 8, 2017

In response to your recent answer to the question: "Should I say "HIV positive" or "I have AIDS?" and the People First Language, would it be correct for an undetectable person to say "recent tests show no signs of HIV?"

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for your considerate inquiry. The intent of using People First language with HIV is to reduce stigma, and that would include moving toward a status neutral stance. In such cases I think it's best to avoid "positive" or "negative" although I understand the resulting phrases can make for some awkward language.

You can find more information, including suggested phrases, here.



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