The Issue

There remain significant misinformation and misplaced fear about HIV/AIDS. As a result, there exist stigma and discrimination that are not based on science or medicine. They discourage people from getting tested and receiving health care for HIV/AIDS. Testing and health care are critical to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the health of people who have HIV/AIDS. 

Current Initiatives

  • Supporting the recommendations of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the Epidemic Taskforce
  • Promoting employment and removing impediments to work for people with HIV/AIDS in New York

Policy Recommendations

  • Enforcement of anti-discrimination laws: Governments should enforce anti-discrimination protections that protect people with HIV. Significant resources should be devoted to enforcement to discourage discrimination.
  • Universal precautions with all patients: Doctors and other health care professionals should not refuse to treat people because of their known HIV status. Instead, they should use universal precautions with all patients. 

News and Highlights

View all “HIV Discrimination and Stigma” articles in our Newsroom.

Learn More

To learn more about this issue, see our HIV Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.

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