HIV Care and Ethics

Soon after HIV was first described in 1981, the disease and the stigma attached to its transmission by means of intravenous drug use and risk-taking sexual behavior produced what came to be known as HIV exceptionalism—treating those with the disease differently than patients with other infectious diseases. HIV is now treatable and becoming a chronic disease. But authors in this issue argue that the legacy of exceptionalism still produces stigma and discrimination against those who live with HIV and can affect the quality of their medical care.
Volume 11, Number 12: E927-1019
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