Stigma limits heterosexuals’ HIV treatment

Diagnoses of HIV attributable to heterosexual contact increased by 31%, from 583 in 2002—06 to 764 in 2007—11.

However, HIV treatment up-take is lower in heterosexuals than homosexuals, and researchers from the National Centre in HIV Social Research at the University of New South Wales believe stigma is part of the reason.

The study of two groups of 49 people living with HIV (PLHIV) found heterosexuals had more negative experiences with general HIV stigma and treatment-related stigma