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

November 21, 2011


Ernesto Dominguez

Ernesto Dominguez, Cascade AIDS Project, Portland, Ore.

HIV stigma in my life looks similar to what it looks like all across the country -- that folks are just so afraid to talk about their bodies and sex, in general. How can you talk about things like HIV and STDs if you're not even willing to say the word "penis" or "vagina"? It can be pretty magical and powerful to just be able to say, like, "My penis feels good," or, "My vagina is healthy." We don't say that very often, and I think we need to.

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