An extra issue for those living with HIV
Unfortunately, people living with HIV have been stigmatised and discriminated against since the virus was first discovered in the 1980s. And all too often, the reasons for this stigma come from a lack of knowledge in society.
Today, the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV appears in many forms. This can include everything from being rejected by friends, family or partners to being physically assaulted.
Helping to fuel the spread of HIV
As well as leading to feelings of isolation, depression and fear, stigma can also contribute to the spread of HIV. If people are scared to go for a test, someone may not know that they are HIV positive and unknowingly infect other people. Fear of testing can also mean people are diagnosed late, rather than receiving early treatment and maximising opportunities for good health.
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