Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down.
Stigma can also be a by-product of how we talk about HIV data. David Matthews from Bridging Access to Care in Brooklyn, New York, spoke at the stigma meeting at The White House about how the recently released data on lifetime risk of HIV diagnosis can stigmatize black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and potentially undermine the efforts of uninfected black gay men and others to stay HIV-negative.
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