Australian bobsledder Simon Dunn has written a op-ed for Gay Star News, reflecting on the importance of allies and combating HIV stigma. “If I can encourage those who are like I was in my early 20s to educate themselves,” he writes, “perhaps one day the miseducation associated with HIV will be a distant memory.”
“It’s just that my community has shouldered a huge amount of the burden of the epidemic. This puts us in a powerful position to be the champions and to continue to overcome stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS through impactful education efforts.
Combating the lack of knowledge regarding HIV can be a challenge however, he states " “completely untrue that people living with HIV can’t live full lives. In fact, we now know people diagnosed with HIV on effective treatment can’t pass it on.” It's important to express that HIV doesn't just affect or impact gay men but people everywhere, regardless of people's background, it's a global issue.
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