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Tag Archives: stigma

World AIDS Day 2015 –The Time to Act Is Now

On December 1st, we recognize World AIDS Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the  United States, only 87 percent  are aware of their health status.  The impact of lack of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS remains a critical concern to social workers and allied ... Read More »

Stigma remains attached to HIV

Experts say social workers can help educate public By Rena Malai, News staff There are people who still aren’t quite sure how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, and are afraid of what it means, says NASW member Melissa Sellevaag, manager for Youth and Family Care Navigation at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. She says social workers can help prevent stigma, and spread ... Read More »

March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »

HIV Travel Ban Lifted in US

January 4th marked a critical moment in social change – the official end of the HIV/AIDS related entry, stay and residence restrictions (more commonly known as the “travel ban” ) in place since 1987. NASW Social Work Speaks policy statements clearly support the removal of the ban, and views this and related restrictions as discriminatory and limiting a client’s right ... Read More »