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

November 21, 2011


Henry Ocampo

Henry Ocampo, HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Specialist, Fremont, Calif.; Diagnosed in 1995

HIV stigma for me means learning how to accept HIV, within myself first, before allowing other people to accept me in their lives. First I had to learn how to live with it on a daily basis, and trust that other people would be accepting of me for having it. I think stigma within myself was the biggest hurdle to begin with. After that, once I kind of figured that out for myself, then it was easier to allow other people in.

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