HIV stigma can have a really damaging impact on young people living with HIV. We know from our work with METRO, which is funded by Comic Relief and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, that stigma can make young people fearful of disclosing their status to loved ones and can have a huge impact on their potential to lead a healthy and full life.
Read more about HIV related stigma from CEO of Metro, Dr Greg Ussher here.
The stigma that surrounds HIV often comes from lack of awareness as well as fear and misinformation, especially around transmission. Sharing stories and first-hand experiences of living with HIV is a vital tool to tackle stigma.
So today, on World AIDS Day, we’d like to introduce you to a very inspiring young woman. Meet Channan, who tells her story in this brilliant video created by METRO. Channan is not alone – many young people in the UK, and around the world, face daily challenges when it comes to the stigma around their HIV status.
It shouldn’t be this way. Together, we can and must end HIV stigma for good.
About M·A·C AIDS Fund
The M·A·C AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of M·A·C Cosmetics, has raised more than $470 million since its inception in 1994, exclusively through the sale of M·A·C VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipgloss. The Fund is the heart and soul of M·A·C Cosmetics, encompassing diversity while celebrating life and the outspoken attitude of the company. Partnering with bold, visionary, and brave organizations to confront the epidemic in communities where people are at highest risk around the world, the M·A·C AIDS Fund is ending AIDS, one lipstick at a time.