What exactly is HIV stigma? HIV stigma is the negative attitudes and beliefs about people who are living with the virus. It’s the prejudice that comes with labeling an individual as part of a group that is believed to be social pariahs. Stigma leads to the bullying, harassment, and mistreatment of those living with HIV and those who are believed to have it because of the groups or communities they’re a part of. The fear, misinformation, and discrimination that comes with HIV can be a dangerous consequence for those who live with it daily. That’s why it is so important to stop the stigma and refute misinformation with facts.
Here are some examples of the type of stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV: