Shocking statistics: HIV still stigmatised in the US, new study reveals

Shocking statistics: HIV still stigmatised in the US, new study reveals
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Posted on 29 Jul 2020

A new study has found that HIV is still stigmatised in the US.


The study, for media advocacy group GLAAD and pharmaceutical company Gilead, found that 59% of people think it’s important to be careful around HIV-positive individuals, with almost nine out of 10 Americans believing stigma around HIV still exists.

About half of all Americans said they would be uncomfortable having a partner or spouse with HIV. This was a view shared by 40% of LGBT+ Americans. 


Meanwhile, only around one-third of the study’s respondents felt that someone living with HIV “shouldn’t have to tell others” about their condition.

In a statement, GLAAD president and chief executive Sarah Kate Ellis said: “People living with HIV today are leading long, healthy lives... but the stigma that they face has persisted for far too long and leads to harmful discrimination.


“HIV issues have flown under the radar, but with advances in treatment and prevention, we urgently need to educate the public on the facts about HIV today.”

The study’s findings included the following:


51% of non-LGBTQ Americans v. 55% of LGBTQ Americans “feel knowledgeable about HIV”.

Only 60% of Americans agreed that “HIV is a medical condition that can be treated.” According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, a person living with HIV who takes HIV medicine as prescribed and stays virally suppressed can stay healthy and has effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to HIV-negative partners.


40% of non-LGBTQ Americans v. 34% of LGBTQ Americans only “know a little about HIV”. About 10% were “unaware” or “do not know much” about HIV (9% of non-LGBTQ, 11% of LGBTQ).

Nearly six in 10 Americans (59% non-LGBTQ, 57% LGBTQ) wrongfully agreed that “it is important to be careful around people living with HIV to avoid catching it”.


89% of Americans believe “there is still stigma around HIV”.

88% of Americans agree that “people are quick to judge those living with HIV”.


Despite the fact that a person living with HIV who takes HIV medicine as prescribed has effectively no risk of transmitting HIV, only 35% of Americans believe that those living with HIV “shouldn’t have to tell others”.

 


 

 

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