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

November 21, 2011


Scott Schoettes

Scott Schoettes, Chicago, Ill.; Diagnosed in 1999

Because I work within the movement, and I work for an LGBT civil rights organization, I think it maybe looks different in my life, where I don't worry about it in some of the same ways that other people do, in terms of employers, etc. But the place that I see that HIV stigma showing up in my life is really in my social life, in my dating life -- and oftentimes perpetuated by other people within the gay community. People talk about, they want to be with someone who is DDF, right? "Disease- and drug-free." There are a lot of misconceptions about how easily HIV is spread. There's a lot of stigma around engaging in any kind of sexual encounters with people if you're HIV positive.

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