When people who test positive to COVID-19 become subject to ridicule for their activities, it could make others feel reluctant to get tested, or reveal their movements to contact tracers.
Structural stigma is in the rules, policies and procedures of organizations and society. It's reflected in systems that treat people with mental illness as less treatable or less deserving of care.
In children’s media, pain is depicted alarmingly frequently, usually unrealistically and often violently, but without empathy or help. These images of pain send all the wrong messages.
It's other people who label somebody a migrant – and it's a label that sticks.
Most rural communities rely on untrained medical practitioners who are often trusted more than doctors.
Ghettos of crime, drugs and vice? Full of people bludging off the state? That's typical of the unfair stigma attached to public housing, and it distracts us from more fundamental issues.
The stigma that dehumanizes people living with dementia is reflected in the toll of COVID-19 in long-term care. Reforming long-term care must challenge this stigma with a new ethic of care.
Stigmatising people with coronavirus risks undermining efforts to control the pandemic through contact tracing.
A leading sociologist explains how different dimensions of humanity produce different kinds of inequality - and what that does to the least equal in society.
Dalits have long been ostracized as the 'untouchables' in Indian society. Discrimination and the impact of the coronavirus have only reinforced their status.
The city’s latest financial woes are a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
Penn State Laureate William Doan found solace in a daily act that has benefits scientists are just beginning to understand.
We’d all love to know more about our neighbours – from COVID-19 data, census data and other official data sources – but we shouldn't.
The agents causing illness do not care for our assumptions about our alleged superiority on the planet, nor do they discriminate.
People seeking mental health care still encounter stigma, even within the health system. New tools for teaching and sharing information may help address it.
Stigmas surrounding mental health can create difficult or even dangerous situations for employees struggling with mental illness.
Single mothers I interviewed described feeling isolated, stigmatised and frustrated with negative stereotypes.
HIV is a condition that must be managed, not just medically, but also socially, tackling stigma, social anxieties and the risks of disclosure.
Communities continue to be vital in efforts to bring the pandemic under control. They are the custodians of rich knowledge that creates the context in which HIV transmission occurs.