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

November 21, 2011


Oscar Lopez

Oscar Lopez, Capacity Building Specialist, New York City

I'll be honest. With the people that I work with and hang with and live with, there isn't much stigma amongst people my age. But among my friends who are 20 through 25: AIDS stigma usually means that they don't feel safe enough to admit when they've been having unprotected sex, when they've chosen to bareback. There are very few people that they can talk about it with, and so it's all very underground. And the shame is there about what they've done -- not so much about HIV, because they're all supportive of the cause -- but really embarrassed sometimes to talk and say that they've slipped.

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