a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
"the stigma of having gone to prison will always be with me"
shame, disgrace, dishonor, ignominy, opprobrium, humiliation, (bad) reputation
"the stigma of bankruptcy"
- There is a cyclical relationship between stigma and HIV; people who experience stigma and discrimination are marginalised and made more vulnerable to HIV, while those living with HIV are more vulnerable to experiencing stigma and discrimination.
- Myths and misinformation increase the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV and AIDS.
- Roughly one in eight people living with HIV is being denied health services because of stigma and discrimination.
- Adopting a human rights approach to HIV and AIDS is in the best interests of public health and is key to eradicating stigma and discrimination.