Stop the Stigma of HIV

HIV and AIDS StigmaThis link give more information on HIV. HIV-related stigma and discrimination can be described as prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people existing with HIV and AIDS. In 35% of countries with available data, over 50% of men and women report having discriminatory perceptions towards people existing with HIV.

The consequences of stigma and discrimination are wide-ranging. Some individuals are shunned by family, peers and the wider community, while others face poor treatment in healthcare and educational settings, erosion of their total an an rights, and psychological damage. These all limit access to HIV testing, treatment and other HIV services.

The People Living with HIV Stigma Index suggests that roughly one in every eight people existing with HIV is being denied health services because of stigma and discrimination.


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