Cultivate a Stigma-Free Climate Focus Area


Addressing the language, messages, and story around HIV, sexual health, mental health, substance use, ethnicity, and race will help to create a safe, life-affirming environment that will promote health and wellness for all people. Normalizing HIV testing, prevention, care, and treatment within the healthcare system will help change perceptions and beliefs.

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We aspire to… 

Recognize that language evolves over time and create shared language that
promotes appreciation and inclusion of all people.

  • Offer messages that promote overall health and wellness without stigma
    attached to mental health, substance use, and sexuality.
  • Understand and educate communities about the impact the intersectionality of race, sex, and gender has on health and wellness.
  • Create opportunities for conversations about healthy sexuality.
  • Normalize HIV testing into all clinical and non-clinical settings by making it routine.
  • Incorporate HIV treatment and care into primary medical care.

We want to hear from YOU…
What is going well?
What support would help you?
And how can you support others?

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