AIDS and Stigma

  title={AIDS and Stigma},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={1106 - 1116}
  • G. Herek
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • Psychology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
This article briefly reviews current knowledge about AIDS-related stigma, defined as prejudice, discounting, discrediting, and discrimination directed at people perceived to have AIDS or HIV, and the individuals, groups, and communities with which they are associated. AIDS stigma has been manifested in discrimination, violence, and personal rejection of people with AIDS (PWAs). Whereas the characteristics of AIDS as an illness probably make some degree of stigma inevitable, AIDS has also been… 
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