Let's End HIV Stigma
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IMPACT OF HIV STIGMA
HIV-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes, and abuse directed at people living with HIV/AIDS.
Stigma and discrimination can have damaging effects on health, and can increase already-existing barriers to care for people living with or affected by HIV.
The negative effects of stigma and discrimination can show up in:
The workplace - not getting hired or not applying for a job because of your HIV status, or being afraid to disclose your status to your coworkers
Travel - certain countries do not allow people living with HIV to enter
Housing - being denied housing or not feeling welcome in a neighborhood because of your HIV status
Relationships - domestic or intimate partner violence
Health care - denied access, being blamed for living with HIV
You can rely on Planned Parenthood for compassionate care, quality education, and accurate information. We are committed to serving communities around the world that are most at risk for the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV stigma. In the U.S. that includes Black and Latina women, trans women of color, young adults, and Black and Latino gay and bisexual men.
For more than two decades, Planned Parenthood Global has been working with our partners in Africa and Latin America to train and support Youth Peer Providers (YPP). These trained YPPs reach adolescents and young people at school, in the office, on city streets and village paths, and even soccer fields. They not only share information on HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, but also dispense products and services including condoms to help protect against transmission.
Reaching young people where they are also means meeting them in the digital space. Global Mobile uses mobile technology to connect young people around the world with health information and services, giving them the power to control their bodies and their lives. And in the U.S., young people can chat in real time with health professionals to receive answers to their questions about reproductive and sexual health, including HIV. Technology has created amazing opportunities for us to reach young people in different ways – no matter what, no matter where.
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