Those of us who live with HIV face prejudice from the world around us in many ways. Sometimes this prejudice is very blatant, other times it is in the background, but still there. Examples include: believing that only certain groups … Continue reading A few recurring prejudices about living with HIV
So it is 2016 and last night as the old year was preparing to leave, I got told that I had the plague: the gay plague. I thought that this sort of language was only to be expected from conservatives … Continue reading Shocked at being told I had “the plague”
46% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. Stigma surrounding HIV remains one of the biggest reasons people are not testing. To mark World AIDS Day (1 December 2015) HIV charity AVERT has launched an animation … Continue reading #StandUpToHIV – AVERT campaign tackles fears of HIV
For many of us living with HIV there is always the niggling thought at the back of our heads that other people will talk about our status, often behind our backs, and if we are particularly unfortunate it may even … Continue reading Is HIV stigma still a problem in Dublin?
Stigma experiences, well-being and medication adherence in gay men living with HIV If you live in England, Northern Ireland, or the Republic or Ireland and are over 18 years of age, been living with HIV for over a year, and … Continue reading QUB research into stigma in gay men living with HIV
The People Living with HIV Stigma Index Today, I completed the Questionnaire for The People Living with HIV Stigma Index at the local HIV Support Centre. The questionnaire asked lots of probing questions but hopefully it will help provide statistical evidence to improve policies, and ensure that these are grounded in the realities of people living with HIV. Continue reading August 8