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Australia: HIV Stigma Still of Concern

November 6, 2012

An audit report on discrimination and stigma by people living with HIV has requested new initiatives to build resistance among HIV-infected persons. The report urges the New South Wales Government to drop criminal laws forcing HIV-infected persons to disclose their status to sexual partners.

The recently released "HIV Stigma Audit" reported on a survey of about 700 Australians and was jointly commissioned by the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAPWA) and the National Centre in HIV Social Research. About 60 percent of respondents reported that they always or occasionally felt ashamed or blamed for being HIV-positive when with sexual partners, as well as by reporting in the media. About 42 percent responded that they work hard to keep their positive status a secret.

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