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

November 21, 2011

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Phill Wilson

Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute, Los Angeles; Diagnosed in 1985

I'm really lucky, in many ways, in that I have a family, and I have the love and support of my family and friends. And they have been supportive from the very, very beginning. I have access to health care, and what have you. From my lens, HIV stigma looks like the calls that we get at the Black AIDS Institute, you know, in the day and the night. It's the calls we get from young people who just found out that they're HIV positive. And they either didn't know how to protect themselves, or they didn't think their lives were worth protecting.

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