How Can I Stand Up to HIV-Related Stigma?
HIV-related stigma and discrimination still persist in the United States and negatively affect the health and well-being of people living with HIV. You can play an important role in reducing stigma and discrimination by offering your support to people living with HIV and speaking out to correct myths and stereotypes that you hear from others in your community.
- Need inspiration? View the personal stories of people who are living healthy with HIV. Visit Positive Spin.
- Want to learn more? CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign raises awareness about HIV and its impact on the lives of all Americans and fights stigma by showing that persons with HIV are real people—mothers, fathers, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partners, wives, husbands, and co-workers.
Almost 8 in 10 HIV patients in the United States report feeling internalized HIV-related stigma, according to a CDC study. Internalized stigma is when a person living with HIV experiences negative feelings or thoughts about their HIV status. Read more about this and about how people living with HIV can reduce internalized stigma?
Read about what federal agencies are doing to confront and reduce HIV-related stigma.