How will we know when the tide of HIV stigma has turned?

Submitted by Nilda

Over the years I have heard how people have dealt with stigma. However, stigma has never been a problem for me. I guess it's because I was always been open about myself from day one. Hopefully someday everyone can be open, without being...

Submitted by Tyrone

We will know when the Stigma has turned when people aren't scared to identify with being positive, or aren't afraid to go get treatment.
During this campaign I've seen a lot of the Stigma disappear. People have seen my posters,...

Submitted by Haynes

"By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired." --Nikos Kazantzakis

As an optimist, I believe the shift is already happening....

Submitted by Tree

I personally feel like I will know when the tide of HIV stigma has turned when more people who are HIV positive are open to talking about risks amongst mixed crowds. When more serodiscordant couples are sharing their best practices of...

Submitted by Jasan

If I were to create a scenario to exemplify the changing impact of HIV stigma, it would consist of the following: I would imagine conversations concerning HIV to be multi-layered to account for all of the particular reasons a person may...

Submitted by Katrina

I think the tide is turning—slowly. It might not be as quickly as people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) would like, but it’s definitely a different world than the 1980s. We’re protected from employment and housing-based discrimination....

Submitted by Willie

Stigma reduction began when HIV/AIDS was considered a topic of discussion in institutions that can be instrumental in changing the perceived opinions and myths that had prematurely defined the culture of HIV/AIDS. Stigma develop due to...

Submitted by Melinda

One day when, we all least expect it, there will be a cure for HIV. I believe that people will have a different outlook on HIV, knowing that there is a cure and that we don't have to die from this disease.

Submitted by Crystal

Stigma really is on the decrease. When I was first diagnosed, most people were nervous around me. That's why I take every opportunity I can to educate people about HIV, even though not everyone is interested in becoming enlightened. The...

Submitted by Vivian

As far as stigma is concerned, we have to be patient. People will always look at us differently because we’re HIV positive, and because they are not educated enough. I would want people to be more open-minded. I would not want people to...