Stigma and Homophobia
"If gay and/or HIV-positive men felt supported in their families, at work, at school, at church, and on the street, they would be more likely to care about their health and the health of others." -- From "Stigma and Homophobia: Fueling the Fire" (From ACRIA and GMHC)
In an era where we have numerous tools to fight HIV, stigma and discrimination remain the most insidious barriers to slowing down and eventually stopping the epidemic. And HIV is by no means a gay disease, but it does disproportionately affect gay men -- largely because of the barriers to prevention, treatment and care that stigma and homophobia erect, whether explicitly in the world, in communities of gay men, or deep inside those affected.