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Zero HIV Stigma Day: Uniting to End Stigma and Empower Change




Zero HIV Stigma Day: Uniting to End Stigma and Empower Change


Key Takeaways:

  • Zero HIV Stigma Day is commemorated on July 21 to raise awareness and motivate action against HIV stigma throughout the year.

  • Zero HIV Stigma Day is held on the birthday of Prudence Mabele, the first South African woman to publicly disclose her HIV-positive status.

  • Everyone has a role to play in eliminating HIV stigma, from talking about it and challenging biases to testing for HIV and advocating for change.


The Importance of Zero HIV Stigma Day


Zero HIV Stigma Day, celebrated on July 21, is a global movement that unites people, communities, and countries to raise awareness about HIV stigma and take action to end it in all its forms.


This day was chosen to commemorate the birthday of the late South African HIV activist Prudence Mabele (1971-2017). HIV stigma is a social justice issue that affects the health, lives, and well-being of people living with or at risk of HIV, especially key populations.



Prudence  Mabele at podium giving speech on symptoms of HIV
Prudence Mabele

HIV stigma can negatively impact individuals by discouraging them from learning their HIV status, accessing treatment, or staying in care. It can also affect those at risk of HIV by discouraging them from seeking HIV prevention tools and testing, and from talking openly with their sex partners about safer sex options.


By raising awareness and promoting action against HIV stigma, we can help dismantle the barriers that hinder our ability to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.



How You Can Reduce HIV Stigma


Our mission is to eradicate the adverse impact of HIV and other sexual and reproductive health challenges. As a supporter of SisterLove, you can engage with the topic of HIV stigma and contribute to resolving the issue in several ways:


Educate yourself and others

Learn about HIV stigma, its effects on people with HIV, and ways to stop it. Share this information with your friends, family, and colleagues to raise awareness and promote understanding.


Challenge misconceptions and biases

Recognize and address your own biases and misconceptions about HIV and people living with the virus. Encourage open, honest conversations with others to challenge stereotypes and create a more inclusive society.


Support organizations and initiatives

Support organizations like SisterLove, Inc. and initiatives like Zero HIV Stigma Day that work to raise awareness and combat HIV stigma. Participate in events, donate, or volunteer your time and skills to help these organizations achieve their goals.


Advocate for change

Advocate for policies and practices that promote the rights and well-being of people living with and affected by HIV. This includes supporting status-neutral care, anti-stigma charters, and the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign.


Make a pledge

Commit to taking action against HIV stigma by making a pledge and sharing it on your website, blog, or social media channels. Encourage others to do the same and create a ripple effect of positive change.


By engaging with the topic of HIV stigma and taking action to resolve the issue, you can contribute to a more inclusive, compassionate, and just world for people living with and affected by HIV. Together, we can work towards a future free from HIV stigma and discrimination.



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