WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
TheBody.com's aim is to lower barriers between patients and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS and foster community through human connection. Our sister site, TheBodyPRO.com, is targeted more towards health care professionals.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS is still highly prevalent. Despite its devastating effects, stigma often receives the bottom-most priority in HIV programming. This categorizing is ultimately a social or cultural experience that makes the stigmatized seem 'less than' and reduces their power. People living with HIV can even hold negative beliefs about HIV and stigmatize themselves. This is called self-stigma, or internalized stigma.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
Stopping stigma comes when you give people correct information about HIV and encourage testing. If you address stigma, education, and testing together, rather than singly, you are more likely to change a person's HIV risk for the better. We consider ourselves the "complete HIV/AIDS resource". Our website provides the following:
- Ask the Experts- Get leading HIV experts' views on a range of subjects
- Blog- Personal perspectives from the HIV/AIDS community
- Forums- Ask questions, get answers
- Recently Diagnosed- A complete resource for someone who is newly diagnosed
- Treatment- The latest articles and videos featuring people with HIV talking about their treatment experiences
- Prevention- How to prevent transmission
- Living- Follow the lives of HIV-positive people and activists
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
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