HIV stigma may be one of the toughest challenges facing people living with HIV today. Fueled by ignorance and misinformation, HIV stigma happens when people say negative words, or develop negative thoughts and attitudes, toward people living with HIV simply because of their status. This year for World AIDS Day, we directly address the multifaceted reality of stigma -- and look for ways to smash it.
"Stigma Index" Empowers People With HIV to Confront Injustice
Laurel Sprague offers plain talk on stigma and gives an update on the first year of the PLHIV Stigma Index in the U.S.
What Does HIV Stigma Look Like in Your Community?
Stigma has many faces and many names. When we talk about HIV stigma, are we all talking about the same thing? To find out what stigma means in different places and spaces in the U.S., TheBody.com asked people working in HIV to comment on what stigma looks like in their community.
Weeding Out Systematic Stigma in the HIV Epidemic Among Black and Latino Gay Men
How is stigma like a garden where some plants get nourishment and others struggle to thrive with less support? This report breaks it down, and explains what we can do to reduce the effect of stigma in the lives of black and Latino men at risk for HIV.
10 Moments in HIV/AIDS Stigma and Bias in 2014
The earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic were marked by fear, ignorance and misinformation. Unfortunately, there are still many examples of modern-day HIV stigma and bias, which remain "pervasive and pernicious."
Shaking It Off This World AIDS Day
"Hatred comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be overt or clandestine. It can come at you when you least expect it. I think you just have to know who you are, accept and love yourself and like the song says dance and shake it off."