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What Does The Word, " STIGMA " Mean To You And How Would You Like To See It Change?

What Does The Word, " STIGMA " Mean To You And How Would You Like To See It Change?

A myHIVteam Member said:

For me, stigma represents rejection. It is especially frustrating that a community (the gay community at large) that was so adversely affected by HIV in North America are the ones most likely to be guilty of discrimination, discomfort and rejection. This lack of knowledge and education is especially visible on dating sites where those who are negative refer to themselves as "clean" or disease-free. Furthermore, there is a false effort among people to pretend to be supportive and empathetic while judging your diagnosis and viewing you in a negative light. Sure, they like to have fundraisers and feign compassion but people seldom create safe places for acceptance or access to friendships beyond the superficial. Stigma means that most of us, especially those who live in rural or conservative communities are not allowed to live authentically for fear of reprisal, rejection, loss of income, loss of family, loss of home, etc. Stigma represents the additional disenfranchising, polarization and isolation of a fringe population who deserve much, much love, compassion, understanding and support.

posted over 2 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

There will always be stigma from having HIV/AIDS. The general population feels that they are immune to this virus and therefore choose to ignore it until it hits close to home. For the most part, people are ignorant to what they perceive as not pertaining to them. We have a long ways to go in convincing people that HIV/AIDS is not just a gay person disease.

posted about 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Don't be shy, tell it like it is, person can't handle it, screw them, they are ones with the problem

posted over 5 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Although imo, unless we are screwing, it's none of your business. However, there is no shame and should you ask me, and i feel someone should know and are important enough or need to be educated, i will totally open up and talk about it. Otherwise, my 3 f's come into play.

posted over 4 years ago
A myHIVteam Member said:

Stigma comes from the ignorance of others. They lash out at what they don’t understand.

posted over 4 years ago
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