“HIV is still intrinsically linked with somehow you having done something wrong, because it’s sexually transmitted. I think that we assume that it’s our fault that we got it. That’s the self judgement of it. If I didn’t have sex, I wouldn’t have HIV, fact.” Person living with HIV
Stigma isn’t something that’s new and it isn’t something that’s going to go away overnight.” Person living with HIV
Did you know?
Stigma has a harmful effect on people living with HIV and the HIV epidemic. The impact on the physical and mental well-being of people living with HIV can be significant; experiences of direct discrimination are common and stigma is linked to poorer adherence to treatment and treatment outcomes. HIV prevention is also dramatically hindered by stigma.