The price of prejudice: the corrosive effect of HIV-related stigma on individuals and society

Plummer, David, and McLean, Arden (2010) The price of prejudice: the corrosive effect of HIV-related stigma on individuals and society. In: Morrissey, Michael, Bernd, Myrna, and Bundy, Donald , (eds.) Challenging HIV and AIDS: a new role for Caribbean education. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Paris, France, pp. 232-239.

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[Extract] Stigma is an epidemic within an epidemic. It stalks people with HIV and those of us who are at risk. It cruelly denies care and compassion. It sentences people to isolation and poverty. It seems to justify callous insults and brutal treatment for our brothers and sisters when they are least able to defend themselves. And it shortens lives - significantly, considerably and, worst of all, needlessly. Stigma is a social evil that divides communities when unity is vital. It is the metaphorical opportunistic illness of AIDS - poised to strike whenever our defences are down. This paper seeks to expose six key ways that stigma takes its toll: It hides the epidemic. It wounds vulnerable people. It disrupts vital support networks. It impairs access to care. It licenses antisocial acts. It undermines political will.

Item ID: 25699
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Research)
ISBN: 978-976-637-353-5
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2013 03:02
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 0%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 100%
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