Stigma stops people from getting tested for HIV, and staying on their treatment. Unless it's addressed, the AIDS epidemic will persist.
A non-stigmatising image on the left, and a stigmatising image on the right.
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But you wouldn't know it to look at a newspaper.
Jules Kim, Zahra Stardust and Cameron Cox at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
Stigma continues to inform legal, social and cultural attitudes towards sex work and remains a barrier to health, human rights and justice. Developing stigma indicators is one step towards change.
In 2016, a UK Home Affairs Committee report highlighted that street-based sex work has diminished significantly over the last two to three decades.
Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Reggie Batiste with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Atlanta administers an HIV test.
The number of new HIV-positive cases has sharply declined – in most parts of the country. Nonurban areas, particularly in the South, are showing sharp increases. Why?
Man has his hair cut by his father in Goldsboro, Florida.
Research on how black people try to avoid racism in their daily lives shows that following white, mainstream standards can have mixed results.
An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
Many people with cancer feel ashamed and judged by others’ reactions.
People with cancer are exposed to many, often misrepresented, ideas about cancer. These can induce stress and even shame for the sufferer who might feel they've done something wrong.
Two characters who feature in the film PILI about rural women living with HIV in Tanzania.
The stories of HIV positive women in Tanzania often go unheard outside the communities in which they live.
Nurses can be scared to talk about suicide just as much as the next person.
The lack of suicide training provided in nursing programmes can leave nurses feeling like there is a risk of further harm to the patient.
Is there an ongoing ambivalence toward people living with disabilities?
Today's violence and prejudice against people with disabilities goes back to the practice of institutionalization, which started in Europe and the United States a century ago.
Luvo Manyonga after winning the silver medal in the men’s long jump at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
A South African Olympic silver medallist achieved something remarkable, especially after testing positive for methamphetamine use in 2012. But care needs to be taken in how this narrative is framed.
In attempting to avoid labelling killers as terrorists, some have shifted focus to their mental health issues.
Efforts to avoid stigmatising people from Muslim backgrounds seem to be coming at the unexpected cost of adding stigma to those with mental health issues.
The Orlando massacre is an extreme example of the public health crisis of anti-LGBT violence in America.
Aggression against sexual minorities is rooted in society-level stigmas that devalue LGBT individuals.
Isolating a child from their peers does nothing to address the underlying concerns that may have lead to a child behaving in this way.
The cultures of silence and denial that surround child sexualised behaviours mean that adults often lack the information they need to respond appropriately.
Police officers in South Africa are four times more likely to kill themselves than be murdered.
While the unacceptably high rate of police murders in South Africa attracts much media coverage, the bigger problem of suicide among police receives little focus.
Charlie Sheen revealed he is HIV positive and has spent millions paying people to keep quiet. Why?
That Charlie Sheen would have to pay millions of dollars to keep his HIV status private is indicative of the level of stigma still attached to it.
The Americans with Disability Act helped end many barriers.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 on July 26. Some of the changes that it ushered in are reflected every day on our campuses, through technologies that allow people to learn and to work.
Early HIV treatment is a win-win strategy.
Starting HIV treatment early, before immune damage occurs, brings real clinical benefits, a new study has shown.
Some fathers with mental illness feel discriminated against for their – perceived or actual – inability to meet the traditional paternal responsibilities of provider, protector and role-model.
Where there is mental illness, there’s almost invariably social disapproval and discrimination. And a report released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies today shows fathers with mental illness…