Talking HIV: stigma and how it has changed in recent years
In this episode of Talking HIV, Rob and Tony from the UK, share their experiences of HIV stigma and some of the reactions they get when they share their HIV status.
Effective antiretroviral treatment (ART) now means that people living with HIV can live as long as their HIV-negative peers, and we now know that those with ‘undetectable’ viral loads can’t pass the virus on. Despite these drastic improvements to the health outcomes of people living with HIV, the stigma surrounding the virus has remained relatively unchanged.
In this episode of Talking HIV, Rob and Tony, from The Sussex Beacon (in Brighton, England) reflect on this stigma – how it has endured over time, even getting worse as the health outcomes get better. They reflect on the questions people ask and the language people use – explaining how these can perpetuate stigma.
Can you think of any other things people say about HIV that might be stigmatising?
What are some ways that we can tackle HIV stigma?
To share your experiences, you can leave a comment below or comment on our Facebook page. If you have a longer story you’d like to share – or maybe you’d like to record your own Talking HIV – you can get in touch here.
Whether you are living with HIV, have been affected by it in some other way, or just have something to contribute, we’d love to hear what you have to say.
An audio version of this podcast is also available.
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