Stigma and Homophobia
In an era in which there are numerous tools for fighting HIV, stigma and discrimination remain the most insidious barriers to slowing down and eventually stopping the epidemic. And while HIV is by no means a "gay disease," it does disproportionately affect gay men -- largely because of the barriers to prevention, treatment and care that stigma, homophobia and other interlocking systems of oppression erect, both externally in the structures of society and internally, deep within those affected.
Check out TheBody.com's Resource Center on HIV Stigma and Discrimination to learn more about stigma's effects -- and how to fight them.
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