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Living with HIV can mean stigma, discrimination and violence

Living with HIV can bring significant levels of discrimination, shame and even violence according to a new government report.

Many people living with HIV suffer stigma, discrimination, exclusion from their families and violence, according to a new report from a government agency. The results paint a picture of lower levels of well-being, care and happiness as people struggle to get even their basic needs met.

The Positive Voices survey is conducted every two years for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). The largest of its kind in the UK, the latest survey covered 4,618 people living with diagnosed HIV between April 2022 and March 2023. Overall, 4,540 participants provided sufficient demographic information to be included in this report. 

The results were released last month and show that people living with HIV still suffer stigma, discrimination and even violence because of their condition. Even in areas where things are improving, the fear or anticipation of discrimination holds many people back.

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