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

November 21, 2011


Dr. Monique Howard

Dr. Monique Howard, New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, Trenton, N.J.

As a service provider, stigma looks like the prevention of information from moving forward throughout my network -- whether my network is professional or personal. When I send out information, invitations, updates on HIV, they go no further than the person that I send it to, simply because of the stigma that surrounds HIV. And so it's other people's perception of receiving the information, and then passing it on. So it's an absolute roadblock for educating other service providers, educating people in my network -- about HIV, about the programming, about updates, about information.

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