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Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down.

I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently held at the White House. We heard about how stigma is experienced by people living with HIV in the United States and around the world, what is being done to reduce it, and how we are measuring progress in addressing it.





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June 5 Is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day

This year’s celebration, themed “Moving Forward Together,” celebrates those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades and focuses on ensuring that those individuals do not feel forgotten and are equipped for healthy aging.

HLTSAD is a celebration of the thousands of people who are HIV Long-Term Survivors. Long-term survival, once an almost impossible concept to imagine, is becoming the mainstream face of the HIV population. Tez Anderson, founder of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome), who started HLTSAD in 2014, is seeking to transform the conversation on long-term survivorship to ensure a hopeful message focused on creating a healthier future for older adults with HIV.


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