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

November 21, 2011


Venessa Laurel

Venessa Laurel, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, San Francisco, Calif.

Obviously I don't experience stigma the way a lot of other people do, because I'm not HIV positive. But I see what kinds of effects it has on people. Even within the Asian and Pacific Islander community, we don't necessarily talk a lot about these issues -- even in my own family. Something as simple as safe sex: It doesn't really happen.

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