Gay men with HIV can face many forms of discrimination due to their sexuality, perceived HIV status or physical appearance. Stigma, discrimination and disapproval can be expressed at many levels and from different quarters, including society at large, neighbours, acquaintances, work colleagues, but also from friends, family and partners.
HIV stigma, discrimination and disapproval can even be expressed by other gay men, whether HIV positive or negative. This discrimination creates rifts within gay communities based on HIV status and is negatively affecting the health and wellbeing of gay men, irrespective of their HIV status.
We want to improve support for gay men with HIV and combat the effects of stigma.
What Men2Men Collective is doing:
We are involved in a number of projects that aim to improve the quality of life and support available for gay men with HIV.
We want to raise the awareness of stigma, and in doing so challenge the prejudice and discrimination facing gay men with HIV.
We want to ensure that the best possible support is available from healthcare professionals and within gay communities.
We are also looking to find out what gay men think about HIV and its associated stigma.