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What Does HIV/AIDS Stigma Look Like in Your Life?

November 21, 2011



Paul, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Condoms and Materials Unit; Brooklyn, N.Y. / Barbados

Right now, HIV stigma to me, personally, looks like a disappearing act. Growing up in the Islands, from a religious background, it was always considered a homosexual disease that was put there because God wanted them to be dead. I grew up with that belief. When I came to this country, and I started working in a methadone maintenance program, I still had that kind of belief. I used to be a little standoffish towards people living with HIV.

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