To End HIV Stigma, We Must Fight a Long History

August 24, 2017 Health workers can play a key role in ending discrimination against people who live with HIV. “Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.” —Ryan White Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13 in Indiana in 1984, following a blood transfusion to treat hemophilia A, his inherited blood disease. It was a time when most people knew little about HIV and AIDS. Ryan and his family experienced overwhelming and ignorant stigma and discrimination.

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To End HIV Stigma, We Must Fight a Long History