Stigma and Disclosure

Stigma can be broken and its power to affect people negatively can be lessened if we can establish a culture where people living with HIV feel empowered to disclose their status without fear of rejection when, where and to whom they choose, or not...

Look at the following common reasons why some people living with HIV donít tell anyone about their status. Drag the green panels around to to match up the reason with the examples of what they fear they might hear.

If you overheard someone saying one or more of these things about someone you knew, what could you say to challenge the stigma and prejudice?

Watch these interviews about the importance of supporting people who might disclose their HIV status to you. As you watch, make a note of any soundbites that you could use later on.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/AHDzUfiHU4Y
http://www.youtube.com/embed/RdcwfFKwt_M
http://www.youtube.com/embed/88UnR4HQdUY
http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZJCD-mkdONk
Tom Perry
Policy & Campaigns Officer, National AIDS Trust
Christabel Kunda
HIV Support Service & African Community Manager, NAZ
Tom Perry
Policy & Campaigns Officer, National AIDS Trust
Christabel Kunda
HIV Support Service & African Community Manager, NAZ
Simon Blake
Chief Executive, Brook Young People
Rosemary Gillespie
Chief Executive, Terence Higgins Trust