HIV #LanguageMatters: Addressing Stigma by Using Preferred Language

HIV #LanguageMatters: Addressing Stigma by Using Preferred Language


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Individual Supporters:               Supporting Organizations:

Shannon Weber, MSW                                                Outshine NW

Robert Grant, MD, MPH                                              Positive Women’s Network USA

Shyronn Jones                                                              HIVE

Amy Raspatello, LPN/RQM                                          Please PrEP Me

Mrs. Rashayne Johnson                                               Sunburst Projects

Vickie Lynn, MSW, MPH                                               Florida Department of Health

Mary Jo Hoyt, MSN, FNP                                             The Well Project

Ken Almanza                                                                 AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Keiko Lane, MFT                                                           HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

Jennifer Smith-Camejo                                                  University at Buffalo School of Nursing

Caroline Watson                                                      Lowcountry AIDS Services Consumer Advisory Board

Denise Ramsden, MSN, RN, CNL                                 RiseUpToHIV

Melissa Pintor Carnagey, LBSW                                   Prevention Access Campaign

Yamini Oseguera-Bhatnagar                                         Legacy Community Health

Corinne Blum, MD, AAHIVS

Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS

Jesus Gaeta, MPH

Megan Canon, MPH

Olivia Ford

John Nelson, NP

Austin Padilla

Silvia Valerio

Catherine Deasy, BA

Lorraine Byrnes, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CNM

Rachel Warner, MSW, LCSW

Krista Martel

Anna Forbes, MSS

Damon L. Jacobs

Diane Reeve

Damon R Salinas

Karishma Oza, MPH

Marie Fisher

Venita Ray

Ariel O’Neill

Cassie Warren

David English, MD

Michael Luciano

Kalvin Marshall

Eunice Marshall

Raymond McNary-Willis

Derrell Richardson

Jamie Tafoya

Rev. William Francis, Pastor

Mary Glenn

Sharon D. Bosley

Craig Dailey






  1. Thank you for addressing this very real challenge . WORDS do matter.

    • Hi Jackie, thanks so much for your support!

  2. Words have stigma & can hurt feelings. Also words can get in the way of treatment if they harm & scare people away.

  3. #language that people use against someone like myself that have been positive going on six years in September, the smallest words comments can be the ones that kill us inside.

    • Hi William, we understand, that’s why we’re committed to changing our language and educating others. <3



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