“When Stigma is acted upon, the result is Discrimination”

Posted on: 16th November 2011

UNAIDS, the branch of the United Nations that shapes its response to the global HIV epidemic, has recently published Outlook 30, a document of “30 milestones, thoughts, images, words, artworks, breakthroughs, inspirations and ideas in response”. It’s a really interesting and compelling read, with information and data displayed in artistic, thought-provoking and imaginative ways.

We wanted to highlight one image in particular from the document. The words ‘stigma’ and ‘discrimination’ are used time and again by Body & Soul, as well as in press articles about HIV, and by other organisations, but the diagram below (click on it to see a larger image) demonstrates the many ways that HIV-related stigma and discrimination can infiltrate the day-to-day realities of people living with HIV.

It’s a harsh reality that this level of discrimination is experienced by people living with HIV globally, including those right here in the UK. Body & Soul’s members have experienced and continue to experience many of the outcomes listed below, which contribute to the isolation and stress so many feel.

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Image from UNAIDS. You can read the full report here



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