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

November 21, 2011


Elena Thomas Faulkner

Elena Thomas Faulkner, Denver, Colo.

HIV stigma in my life looks like just general ignorance -- from family members, mostly. There's not a direct HIV impact in our family, so what I'm confronted with is family members who are ignorant about sexuality, generally, and really make all kinds of false assumptions around what HIV means, and what it means to be gay, or to be a community that's impacted by HIV. Frankly, we try to avoid those topics. The reality for me is, I have young kids. When they're exposed to those kinds of attitudes from family members, I feel like I have to combat them. And so I guess what it means for me is just stepping up and starting to talk about it, and offering a different perspective.

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