A Conceptual Framework and Basis for Action: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination. UNAIDS (2002)

A Conceptual Framework and Basis for Action: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination. UNAIDS (2002) Stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS are the greatest barriers to prevent- ing further infections, providing adequate care, support and treatment and alleviating impact. HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination are universal, occurring in every country and region of the world. They are triggered by many forces, including lack of understanding of the disease, myths about how HIV is transmitted, prejudice, lack of treatment, irresponsible media reporting on the epidemic, the fact that AIDS is incurable, social fears about sexuality, fears relating to illness and death, and fears about illicit drugs and injecting drug use.

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