The most direct and personal experiences I've had that speak to major shifts in attitudes around HIV (at least within particular communities) are when I'm seeing someone who is HIV negative, and upon hearing my status it has no bearing...more
How will we know when the tide of HIV stigma has turned?
For me, I have had mixed experiences with disclosure, both positive and negative. However, I learned to be more upfront and honest about my status. Usually the first 3 lines that come out of my mouth now are my name, my age, and my HIV...more
Being HIV positive has never been a problem for me. From day one, I told people I was positive. I guess I really didn't have a problem with it. I just thought that people should know. I believe people have accepted me more for being...more
"At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance." --Dr. Paul Tournier
At a wedding recently, I was introduced to a lovely man from London. After a two-hour...more
I think we're pretty close to the wave of stigma being over within the LGBTQ community. I feel the LGBTQ community is saturated with opportunities to learn and grow. However, the rest of the world is missing those same opportunities and...more
Being part of the HIV STOPS WITH ME campaign has definitely shown me that progress is being made towards ending HIV stigma. After I told my mother I would be part of the campaign and then showed her the photo of the campaign, I was...more
I’d like to start by reiterating a point from last month’s blog post: I don’t think a complete end to stigma of HIV is realistic or attainable. Until someone has Jedi or Professor Xavier talents (yes, my inner geek is coming through),...more
Analyzing the world through human eyes generates opposition. Attitudes around HIV/AIDS have changed. The youth and young adults are prone to communicate readily on the subject of HIV/AIDS. The entire subject was dismissed within my...more
At one point in my life, I thought that I couldn't tell anyone about my status. However, I've always been honest with everyone. We have come so far since we first found out about HIV.
We've come a long way and I see that people...more
I can't really answer this because I, personally, have not had any types of the experiences you have outlined. Everyone I've met has been very supportive. I believe that I will live to see at least a vaccine, if not a cure.
I have not experienced a situation where I have come close to seeing the end of HIV stigma. I have always been very forward with my family and friends about my status. Most of my challenges have been around other aspects of my aging...more
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...more
I think I will know when the tide of HIV stigma has turned for the better when reality TV and movies start showing serodiscordant couples more in mainstream media. To date, we have seen a growth in same sex couples being accepted in the...more
We will know when stigma has turned when people aren't scared to identify with being positive or aren't afraid to get treatment. During this campaign I've seen a lot of the stigma disappear. People have seen my posters and it's...more
"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....more
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...more
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...more
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....more
Stigma reduction began as a topic of discussion for institutions that are instrumental in changing opinions and myths that had prematurely defined the culture of HIV/AIDS. Stigma developed due to lack of knowledge on sensitive issues....more
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.
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...more