Why is it important to use preferred language?

Language regarding HIV can either empower or stigmatize a person living with HIV. Although a term may be correct or clinically accurate, it can also negatively impact a person's self-worth and confidence. Over the years, there have been growing concerns with the stigma attached to these terms. It is important to use preferred language in order empower people living with HIV and reduce stigma around HIV.

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HIV/AIDS Preferred Language Guide

The provided guide was created for and by People Living with HIV in order to address stigma related to HIV/AIDS. The information in this guide was developed and gathered by the following organizations:

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The Well Project

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Community Health

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Iris House

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Rutgers Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center

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Ser+

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Francis House

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HIVE