Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Word of the Gay: "HIV-phobia"

"HIV-phobia" is the irrational fear or hatred of people living with HIV.

2 comments:

Diane J Standiford said...

And there are millions. GET TESTED NOW

alejandro canton-dutari said...

A phobia is an illness and it is, in fact, the "irrational fear" of anything according to the DSM-III and DSM-IV-R.
Hatred is something else but not an illness.
While some people do have an HIV-phobia -- never had unprotected sex or even never having had sex -- hate is not a phobia.
The same applies to homo-phobia.
I would propose using a more descriptive concept which would be Homo-Agression, HIV-related Agressiveness.

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