Foreign Affairs & National Security
HIV/AIDS-related stigma and out-of-date, discriminatory HIV criminalization laws continue to disproportionately impact communities such as African Americans, Women, and the Black and Latino MSM community. Stigma prevents conversations about affirmative and safe sex, can hamper testing and treatment and may otherwise contribute to the suffering of those that are HIV/AIDS positive. By changing how we talk about HIV to eliminating stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS, we can move closer to ending the epidemic, particularly in the communities that are disproportionately affected. The 2018 HIV/AIDS Braintrust will focus on the importance of language by highlighting community-based interventions and policy proposals to supplant HIV/AIDS-related stigma with policies and practices that can effectively end the epidemic.