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What Do You Think Needs To Happen To Reduce The Stigma Around HIV/AIDS?

What Do You Think Needs To Happen To Reduce The Stigma Around HIV/AIDS?

posted January 14, 2018
A myHIVteam Member

So true @A myHIVteam Member. When I came out as HIV+ at my new job (just had my 1 year anniversary there 2 days ago) the people I worked with freaked out after I was trying to clean my blood up the proper way, but they didn't have the things I needed so I improvised. The owner of the company talked to me and was worried I might give HIV to other people or get it in the food. The first thing I told him was, "This is not 1981 anymore, there is a lot of information out there." Then I don't remember how the conversation went, but I got to where I told him ANYONE can get it. His reply (I work for a Christian company): "I don't have to worry about it, I will never get it, I don't live 'THAT' way." When I asked "WHAT" way he was referring to, he said, "You know, the forbidden way." Again I told that this was not 1981, and not all people got it from "THAT" way. I told him I had got it from a blood transfusion in 1992, and even today he SHOULD be worried about it whether he lived "THAT" way or not. He said, "How do I have to worry about it, when I don't live that lifestyle?" Again I asked him what lifestyle and that he wasn't immune. I told him about the possible 50,000 Christian people who thought they were immune also, between 2008 and 2015, who got letters from the government warning them that their doctor or dentist did not properly disinfect and sanitize their equipment and put them at risk for HIV. I then asked him "have you been tested since your last doctor or dentist visit? because you could be HIV+ right now and not know it." The look on his face was priceless. Since then we have got a biohazard bloodborne pathogen kit, and videos and educational material on bloodborne pathogens and have a policy in place on how to handle blood now. We now get along great with one another, and he has learned a lot about HIV.

posted January 17, 2018
A myHIVteam Member

Volunteer+Educate+Advocate.
+32 yrs +Poz+1985+Vancouver, B.C.

posted January 16, 2018 (edited)
A myHIVteam Member

The stigma lives because of the asses that don't understand gays and are homophobic. As long as the rainbow flag is waved in AIDS Walks and mission statements refer to care for LGBTQ and don't say Heterosexual the idiot public thinks it's a gay disease and don't care.
The gay community needs to educate and include Heterosexuals.
Do you know there are people who really think STILL that HIV is a gay disease and they are exempt. They don't see references to Heterosexuals even in CDC statistics. Especially Heterosexual men.
As an example: Equitas Healthcare in Ohio has a mission statement that refers to their treatment of LGBTQ community. Since there are few HIV clinics in Ohio I was crushed. Thinking that as a Heterosexual my care isn't part of their mission. In other words I won't get the same care because I'm not gay. It hurts.
It should be obvious that what has been done about the stigma isn't working. As a Heterosexual who speaks for me? No one. I'm nobody. I'm at the pride parades for you but you can't say Heterosexual in a supportive manner or in reference to who is susceptible to HIV.
With the opioid pandemic I had a health department employee tell me IV drug use only passes Hep C and that HIV is gay. Yes.
We have work to do.

posted March 12, 2018
A myHIVteam Member

The Stigma needs to stop being labeled a gay thing! Education is key! The cuts Trump made last week will affect us if they stay in place. We need to make sure that the white house hears our cry for this to not happen. How do we take this fight further than this website? Take this to his doorstep! What do we do as a nation to condemn this president for his actions against the research opportunities he took from us? how does this make any effort of causing a change in the community?

posted January 15, 2018
A myHIVteam Member

We need to tell ppl ! All the ppl ! The more we educate the ppl around us, the ones we meet every day , the more facts they have. There will always be a percentage of ppl who are just too stuck on ignorance to see the truth , however the reasonable exist also. Tell everyone the way the bible peddlers tell the good news of Jesus we should be telling our fellow citizens about the truth and good news of hiv. Preach that shit, no more hiding .

posted January 14, 2018

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