I really believe that no matter how many legal battles are won, until we can talk about our experiences with abortion, it will remain stigmatized, inaccessible to many women, and constantly under threat.
Stigma, discrimination, poverty, homophobia, racism, sexism, all fuel the spread of HIV and hurt those living with it. These issues are routinely cited as critical to ending the epidemic but rarely addressed in policies and prevention strategies.
Women living in rural Iowa who need reproductive health care — from contraception to diagnostic tests to abortion — are too often left without access to the services they need.
Across the country, focus groups reveal that many Americans are ill-informed about HIV and AIDS, but want to know more.
Whilst between 35,000 and 40,000 HIV-positive people in China are effectively receiving treatment, more than twice that number are unwilling to be tested or receive test results because of fear of stigma.
Information on the issues for progressive voters; Blog Action Day 2008 focuses on poverty; Health lawyers raise concerns about proposed South Dakota abortion ban; HIV vaccine researchers learned from halted STEP trial; HIV stigmatization in Nigeria.
In Jamaica, as in many parts of the world, HIV and AIDS create a specter of fear and persecution leading to stigma, discrimination and, for many, the concealment of the disease.