Stigmatization and discrimination

February 18th, 2012

Social stigmatization is the devaluing of minority, different, or underprivileged groups.

Discrimination means singling out a person or a group and treating them differently from the rest of the community. In the context of HIV, it involves unjust treatment inflicted on a person because of their real or perceived HIV status.

Whether it involves singling a group of people out or arbitrarily restricting their rights (to health, confidentiality, equal justice under law, etc.), discrimination derives from stigmatization. However, stigmatization does not necessarily lead by itself to unjust or discriminatory treatment.

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