There’s still much to be done on the issue of HIV stigma. 

Especially in the LGBTQ community, as revealed in a new campaign called “Real Conversations of Grindr,” put together by the HIV Foundation Queensland in Australia.

The campaign got people to read real-life exchanges on the gay dating app Grindr on camera. It starts off with the usual titillating fare, but then descends into discrimination and hatred.

“You should be ashamed, you’re a walking disease,” reads one comment. “Blocking. Go f**k yourself, because no one else will,” reads another.

Warning, the video contains explicit language.

Grindr and other dating apps are “unfortunately provide a breeding ground for people to use anonymity as a cover to commit discrimination and stigmatise,” according to the campaign’s website. 

“For people living with HIV, the stigma can often be more damaging than the virus.” 

It’s a stigma that one day will hopefully not be there, through education — and a little more understanding.

[h/t Huffington Post]



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