Event details: Challenging HIV Stigma – A Human Rights Issue (free event)

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Challenging HIV Stigma – A Human Rights Issue (free event)

Presented by Positive Life NSW & the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/599066107207391/

To be accepted for who we are is a basic human right. For many people living with HIV (PLHIV), this is not the case. Stigma and discrimination for PLHIV can lead to social isolation and negatively impact on mental health.

Research shows that stigma and discrimination are also key obstacles to the prevention, care, and treatment for PLHIV.

To join with PLHIV and face the challenge, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is facilitating a panel discussion on why HIV stigma is still so prevalent today. The panel will explore how stigma impacts PLHIV and reflect on how educating the broader community can overcome HIV fear and ignorance.

Host – Dr Norman Swan
Panel – Abby Landy, Dai Aoki, David Crawford, Professor Carla Treloar and Karl Schmid*

* Karl Schmid is an Australian-born, US-based journalist who came out as HIV+ on Instagram and Facebook in March 2018, sharing that he had been living with HIV for 10 years. Karl had struggled with the decision to disclose his status for a decade because of the stigma he believed he would face. In doing so he has become one of the first broadcast faces in the US on Network Television living openly with HIV.

This event is being held in partnership with ACON and Positive Life NSW and is supported by an unrestricted grant from Gilead Sciences Pty Ltd

For more information contact admin@karumah.com.au