STD

Sexually transmitted disease. An STD is transmitted through sexual activity, including anal, vaginal, or oral sex.  There are many different types of STDs including HIV – some of which can cause cancer.  Practicing safer sex options is the best way to protect yourself. STDs can also increase your risk of passing on HIV because it increase the amount of HIV present in certain body fluids. Continue reading STD

Stigma

A negative and often unfair attitude that society or a group of people have towards something. In the case of HIV, stigma can lead to discrimination, isolation, barriers to accessing health care, shame, fear, internal negative thoughts, and more. People can also suffer from internal stigma; a sense of self-shame that can be as debilitating as external stigma and can lead to depression, isolation, and … Continue reading Stigma