HIV Stigma Among Gay Men

Published: August 22, 2012

When the boogie man is among us, we humans tend to point fingers. So it’s no surprise to me that many gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who do not have HIV (or think they do not) point fingers at those of us who do have HIV. We’re all only human.

After all, I was once HIV negative. I haven’t forgotten what it was like to be afraid of contracting HIV. Unfortunately for me, that fear became reality. Fortunately for most, that fear is never realized.

For too many, that fear is a heavy burden. For some, they believe that fear is as bad as having HIV (trust me, it’s not). For a few, that fear becomes irrational.

The viral divide between HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men has existed since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic. However, it does seem to me that the divide is just as bad now as it has ever been.

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