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What Does HIV Stigma Look Like in the U.S. South?

March 14, 2014


Antwan Nicholson

Antwan Nicholson

My Brother's Keeper, Inc., Jackson, Miss.

My main thing that I probably see is lack of knowledge. And by the community having that lack of knowledge, or being afraid of HIV, they kinda say things where they've picked up on missed facts and things like that -- and they run with those myths and missing facts, so that sort of adds to the stigma and adds to the problem. So if we can get rid of the overall myths and misinformation and give them the proper information -- give them the knowledge, being in the know, is one of the things that I think can help move past the stigma. Probably won't even get rid of the stigma, because it is what it is. But we want to keep pushing and keep fighting in hopes to cover as much ground as we can to get rid of it.

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