HIV Stigma And Discrimination
HIV stigma and discrimination affect the emotional well-being and mental health of young people living with HIV. Young people living with HIV often internalize the stigma they experience and begin to develop a negative self-image. They may fear they will be discriminated against or judged negatively if their HIV status is revealed. They face legal and cultural discrimination, and too often, are unable to get what they need to stay healthy.
One in three people diagnosed with HIV around the world are between 13 and 25 years old. Raising awareness and education among young people and combating stigma are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of an AIDS-free generation by 2030. Beginning this month, we are lifting up the stories of people living with and affected by HIV. We hope to encourage young people to talk about HIV with their friends, families, and sexual partners.
Ending HIV Stigma and Discrimination – Visit To Kumba Central Prison On World Aids Day
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. This year, we’re launching #EndStigma, an effort dedicated to addressing HIV stigma and putting youth-focused prevention and education at the center of the conversation. This effort is about reminding people that stigma and discrimination are among the foremost barriers to HIV prevention, treatment, and support. We can all help end HIV stigma through our words and actions in our everyday lives. Lead others to take action for behavior chance.
We organize youth friendly programs in schools, communities and in prisons, that helps young people to talk openly about HIV and normalize the subject. Our outreach programs also provide opportunities to correct misconceptions and help others who are hard to reach learn more about HIV and again access to HIV testing, treatment and care.