Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IL AIDS Adovcate Talks Stigma

Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy member Kat Griffith talks stigma on HuffPo:

Stigma is a three-dollar word that affects millions of Americans in different ways. Defining stigma as simply "a mark of shame or discredit" doesn't sound very impactful, and yet communities around the globe are paralyzed by it every day. I know this firsthand because I am HIV-positive. I have personally experienced the ignorance and discrimination faced by those of us who live with HIV. As you'll read below, it nearly took my life and silenced me for twenty years, but that changes today as I join the HIV Anti-Stigma T-shirt Campaign.

Watch Kat below and read the rest of her piece here.


  1. The true thoughtful self reflective activist as opposed to the selfpossessed, selfabsorbed type, the true thoughtful selfreflective activist would differentiate a) shame, b) narcissism, c) guilt. It's a too easy, convenient, readily available coverup to call up stigma not having examined the reality. More skeptics are needed that this isn't used an excuse for many not in the real predicament who would do better with another approach to solving it than blame. It's up to the individual to decide for himself what's really going on and yet be skeptical that there's the possibility of his own prejudgement. Create thought experiments that challenge held views https://implicit.harvard.edu/

  2. Anon - what in the world are you talking about? If you think HIV stigma doesn't exist and doesn't cause serious harms for both people living with and at risk for HIV - then you are in serious, serious denial. Or yer just hateful. Or maybe you are a special blend of both.

  3. and can i pls just add what a total DICK you are for attacking this brave and fabulous AIDS advocate.... do YOU put yourself out there on behalf of thousands and thousands of individuals, trying to make a difference in people's lives? nah, didn't think so.

  4. think stigma's not real? ask betsy gallardo (hiv+ haitian women with cancer sentenced to spend her last few years in jail 4 spitting on a cop) & david allen (the man charged as a bioterrorist for being HIV+ & biting his neighbor). stigma feeds of the hysteria of misinformation.

    get off your intellectual white horse & stop plugging ur shitty harvard blog about theory.

    here's the sad thing about stigma, its real life. not so online "experiment to provoke dialogue"
    stigma is the reason the virus continues to ravish so many communities. stigma keeps us in closets and out of the medical care that we need. stigma prevents people from protecting themselves & others.

    stigma's depressingly real. & i dont need a "thought provoking harvard online experiment" to help me realize that.

  5. Isn't it hateful when they jump immediately to the conclusion that somebody's hateful? Is that hateful to immediately call somebody hateful without asking about the first remarks?


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