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

November 21, 2011


Gil Kudrin

Gil Kudrin, Nightsweats & T-cells, Cleveland, Ohio; HIV Positive Since 1979

In my life, HIV stigma doesn't look like anything. When I go out teaching about HIV (and I do a lot of teaching about HIV to school-aged children, high schools, colleges), I always break it down into real simple terms: Dogs get fleas; humans get viruses. It's always been that way. It always will be that way. I have a virus. You might get the flu this year. That's a virus. It's not dirty; it's just a virus.

So I don't accept the stigma. Never have.

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