What are some effects of HIV stigma? HIV stigma can have a range of effects, including:
People with HIV experience higher rates of depression and social ...
People with HIV experience higher rates of depression and social isolation, which may be explained in part by the stress and isolation that comes with keeping a secret about a health condition that has such a profound impact on the lives of people with HIV. Imagine not being able to tell your family that you are living with a life-threatening condition. Imagine losing that family and community support when you need it most.
Increased Disinformation About HIV
Our beliefs that HIV happens to people who do 'bad things' or that ...
Our beliefs that HIV happens to people who do 'bad things' or that HIV is only affecting gay men contribute to an environment where young people are not adequately educated about HIV and where people who are not gay do not perceive themselves to be at risk for HIV. As a result, they may not act to protect themselves from HIV, increasing their risk.
Increased Reluctance To Get Tested
People may not access HIV testing. In Ontario, about one-third of people ...
People may not access HIV testing. In Ontario, about one-third of people with HIV have not been tested and diagnosed with HIV. They do not know they have HIV and so may be less likely to act to protect themselves or their partners. HIV stigma makes it less likely that people want to know their HIV status because of the stigma they feel and the discrimination they will face once they have been diagnosed.
Increased Reluctance To Disclose
People who have HIV are much less likely to tell their sexual partners ...
People who have HIV are much less likely to tell their sexual partners they have HIV out of fear of rejection or even violence. We know, once people are diagnosed with HIV, they usually tell their sexual partners they have HIV or take steps to ensure their partner does not become infected. A culture of silence about HIV makes it harder for all of us to protect ourselves from HIV.