Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

U.S. News

Fighting HIV Stigma With Positive Neutrality

October 26, 2012

Scott McPherson and Chris Richey of the Stigma Project created an Internet meme in response to a celebrity's nasty and uninformed comments. The pair had created the Stigma Project in February to break down HIV prejudices through art and education, but the meme quickly went viral, receiving more than 5.000 Facebook comments and nearly 2,000 shares on the social media site.

One goal of the Stigma Project is to create an HIV-neutral world, which its mission statement describes "as a state of mind regardless of your status, in which you are informed and aware of the constantly evolving state of HIV/AIDS. . . . It is putting emphasis on the humanity of all people and not casting judgment because of their status, positive or negative." McPherson and Richey see the Stigma Project, as not only aimed at reducing the number of new infections, but making life better for persons living with HIV. Richey explains that to become HIV-neutral, people must begin shifting toward a new way of thinking about HIV/AIDS, including by moving away from thoughts of death and sadness and toward thoughts of life and hope for the future.

View Full Article


  
  • Email Email
  • Comments Comments
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

 
See Also
What Does HIV/AIDS Stigma Look Like in Your Life?
More on Stigma and HIV/AIDS

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:

Tools
 

Advertisement