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What Is the Most Pressing Issue in HIV Care Today?

July 23, 2013


Heidi Nass

Fighting HIV Stigma and Ignorance

"The thing I think that's not getting discussed in proportion to its importance is stigma, trauma, ignorance, silence, denial -- all these things that feed off each other. You could have the best clinic in the world, but if right outside the door, in your neighborhood, people's notions of HIV are from the '80s, they're not going to come to your clinic.

"We've got a long way to go in adjusting to where people live and what their notions of what HIV are."

-- Heidi Nass, Activist, Madison, Wis.

This article was provided by It is a part of the publication The 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013).


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