Oct 17, 2018
SE1 EP5: Stigma Stings!
Play • 22 min

HIV stigma can be more harmful than the disease itself. Is it possible to eradicate this social menace or is it here to stay? Tune in to find out as host James Watson chats with his guests about the impact of HIV stigma and how community-based research is making strides to weaken its grip.

First up, James chats with Dr. Sean Rourke, a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Scientist with the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, about Canada’s implementation of the HIV Stigma Index research study

Acknowledging the power of personal stories of HIV stigma and resiliency in the fight against HIV, Sean seeks to bring stories together with data from the HIV Stigma Index study. This work is taking shape on The Positive Effect website.

James is later joined by Brittany Cameron, a powerful champion in the fight against HIV stigma. Brittany is an HIV-positive mother of three, an LGBTQ ally, and human rights activist. As a person in a serodiscordant relationship, Brittany talks about the power of living the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) message and the importance of being able to carry the message forward.

Visit the episode page on The Positive Effect website for full episode details and to learn more about episode guests. 

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