Counteracting HIV/AIDS Stigma

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Counteracting HIV/AIDS Stigma

The HIV/AIDS Bureau has also compiled a list of activities that can help to control and reverse the stigma and attitudes associated with HIV/AIDS patients. Some of these activities include:

  • Familiarize yourself with applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction.
  • Support and engage other agencies in promoting confidentiality and nondiscrimination.
  • Promote community development and mobilization.
  • Use public education opportunities to put a human face on AIDS.
  • Support HIV prevention education materials developed by and for communities.
  • Maintain a proactive presence in the community (e.g., in schools, at health fairs, at World AIDS Day, and at National HIV Testing Day events).
  • Involve and support families and communities (infected and affected).
  • Communicate that HIV-related discrimination is illegal.
    Identify and support one or more staff members in the role of consumer advocate.