UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV
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Notably, self-stigma continues to have a large impact on the lives of people living with HIV, with nearly a third of those surveyed reporting feelings of self-blame, guilt and a need for secrecy.1
However, people living with HIV who took part in the Positive Perspectives survey felt that there were a number of ways in which the feeling of stigmatisation could be decreased – 64% (694/1,085) felt better education for the general public will help reduce stigma and 26% (283/1,085) felt that better training of non-HIV specialists, including physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, would reduce stigma in the broader healthcare setting.1
"It is important for the HIV community to work together to help people living with HIV understand the options they have"
- Murungi A, et al. Experience of living with HIV: Diagnosis & Disclosure – findings from the Positive Perspectives study. Presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017), 23 26 July 2017, Paris, France. Available at: https://www.natap.org/2017/IAS/IAS_69.htm. Last accessed January 2021.