STIGMA is an attitude, a process of devaluation that can be for a whole range of reasons including HIV status. Someone may also experience stigma for other reasons such as race, sexual orientation, weight, age and or gender. Stigma originates from a Greek word meaning mark or blemish.
Many people would rather live in denial than find out that they are HIV positive so they avoid taking a test. This is usually because they are afraid of how they will be treated by people around them if the test result is positive.
Watch these people living with HIV talk about their different experiences of STIGMA. As you watch, try to identify the key points and make a note of them in the text box provided. Print out your results as they will be of use in later tasks.
Read this newspaper article about the stigma of HIV