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Piecing the Puzzle Together

Summer 2012

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Liz Connick

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Liz Connick

HIV specialist and researcher
Denver, Colorado

It is encouraging to see that stigma is slowly dissipating, but sad to see how much persists. It is one of the worst aspects of this disease.

Stigma comes not only from outside, but also from within. Approximately half of the newly diagnosed people I see admit that they have thought about killing themselves because they are HIV-positive. When I ask, "Would you have thought about killing yourself if you had been diagnosed with diabetes?" they usually look at me with amazement and answer "No." I tell them that HIV is a chronic disease, similar to diabetes.

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This article was provided by Positively Aware. It is a part of the publication Positively Aware. Visit Positively Aware's website to find out more about the publication.
 
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