Activities Combating HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Ending Stigma and Discrimination Against People Living with HIV

In addition to the serious health issues they face, people living with HIV may often experience stigma and discrimination because of their HIV status. Stigma is an attitude of disapproval and discontent towards an individual or group from other individuals or institutions because of the presence of an attribute perceived as undesirable. Discrimination is often a consequence of stigma, occurring when unfair actions are taken against individuals on the basis of their belonging to a particular stigmatized group.


Origin of the Minority AIDS Initiative and SMAIF

In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a meeting to brief service providers and community leaders on public health surveillance data showing extremely high rates of HIV among African Americans.

Recursos en Español

El VIH es una amenaza de salud grave para las comunidades latinas, quienes se encuentran en gran desventaja respecto de la incidencia de esta enfermedad en los Estados Unidos. Según los CDC, en el 2014 los hispanos representaron aproximadamente el 17% de la población de Estados Unidos, pero constituyeron cerca del 24% de los nuevos casos de infección (10,887). De ellos, el 86 % (9379) fue en hombres y el 14 % (1490) en mujeres.

Workplace Rights

Several laws protect people living with HIV from employment discrimination. Read about it.

Limits on Confidentiality

Learn about HIV disclosure policies and procedures.

Opportunistic Infections

People with weakened immune systems can face serious infections. Learn why and how to prevent them.

Employment and Health

Most people living with HIV can continue working at their current jobs or look for a new one. Learn more.

Traveling Outside the U.S.

Know what to expect if you have HIV and are planning to travel outside the U.S.

Housing and Health

Stable housing is related to good HIV health outcomes. Learn about housing assistance resources.