The stigmatization of persons living with HIV persists today, despite prevention and treatment breakthroughs that have made “getting to zero” new HIV infections in Illinois a realistic goal.
Illinois HIV Care Connect’s “Speaking Up About HIV Stigma” web pages feature persons living with HIV speaking frankly about HIV stigma, how it has affected their lives, and what they believe needs to be done to overcome HIV stigma in society:
Individuals wishing to add their voices on this topic can comment on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using @ILCareConnect #HIVStigma #SpeakingUp, or can complete a brief confidential survey about HIV stigma.
Other resources about HIV stigma:
HIV/AIDS Factsheet: HIV-Related Stigma and Its Association with Health Outcomes Among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Illinois, by Illinois Department of Public Health staff
Stand Together Against HIV Stigma, cdc.gov
Standing Up to Stigma, hiv.gov
Facts About HIV Stigma, cdc.gov
Intersectional Stigma and Access to Comprehensive Care presentation
From HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Center for Quality Improvement & Innovation
HIV/AIDS Related Stigma
From Mike Maginn and James Charles on behalf of the Epidemiology/Needs Assessment Committee, Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council