Stigma is a common reation to certain diseases. Many diseases have carried stigma in the past including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Leprosy, Tubercluosis, Cancer and mental illnesses.
HIV is a virus, some people are afraid because they do not understand it. They discriminate against people living with HIV. This makes it difficult for people living with HIV to talk about it and seek help.
1. Know that you did nothing wrong, you only have a "chronic disease", that you can still live with.
2. Learn about HIV/AIDS so you can explain to others.
3. Stay Healthy and Positive. Show that you can contribute something to your community.
Support groups help peole fight against stigma and discrimination, provide information, reduce family member's fears and access several services. Please locate a support group nearest to you and join or form one today.