According to the CDC “the socioeconomic issues associated with poverty, including limited access to high-quality health care, housing, and HIV prevention education, directly and indirectly increase the risk for HIV infection and affect the health of people living with and at risk for HIV infection.” Over the past ten years of working in the HIV/AIDS field, six of these providing CBA services, I have learned that each racial and ethnic group’s experience of HIV is markedly different. Despite the differences, stigma, fear, discrimination, homophobia, and negative perceptions about HIV testing continue to place individuals at risk. As a community of providers we have to continue to develop culturally specific efforts to target stigma in our respective communities. Shared Action is proud to highlight and support one such effort, “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” an anti-stigma initiative from The Banyan Tree Project aimed at ending HIV stigma for Asians and Pacific Islanders.
To learn more about “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” click on the link below:
Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/5/prweb9486822.htm
To view more videos that take part in “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community,” click on the link below:
Taking Root Videos: http://banyantreeproject.org/takingroot.php