New Survey Shows Stigma Of HIV Remains High

A new survey shows 3 in 10 lesbian, gay or bisexual people (LGB) would ‘swipe left’ on a dating app to reject someone who is HIV positive even if those people are on effective treatment.

The research, conducted by YouGov for the UK-based Terrence Higgins Trust, showed 35% of respondents would reject someone who was openly HIV positive on dating apps like Tinder and Grindr.

Additionally, 31% admitted they didn’t know how they would react.

The deep dive into attitudes towards sex, relationships and HIV, reveals a disheartening level of bias caused in great part by a lack of understanding of HIV transmission.

Also from the survey:

• 43% said they would be uncomfortable kissing someone with HIV in spite of the fact that science has shown for decades HIV can’t be passed on through kissing

• 77% indicated they wouldn’t be comfortable having comdomless sex with someone HIV positive

• 55% said they don’t believe HIV positive people with undetectable viral loads can’t infect another person

The PARTNER study examined 58,000 instances of sex between an HIV positive person on effective treatment and a partner without HIV, and there were zero cases of HIV transmission.

Ian Green, chief executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, speaking to Pink News, said, “It’s truly devastating to hear that so many wouldn’t swipe right for or even kiss someone living with HIV who’s on effective treatment.

“We’ve known for three decades that HIV can’t be passed on through day-to-day contact and that includes kissing.”

Terrence Higgins Trust has launched their Can’t Pass It On campaign to promote the truth and science about HIV transmission and combat the stigma of HIV. The campaign gives people living with HIV a very easy way to inform and educate without having to get into specifics.

From the website: “By helping to spread the word and ensure that people know the facts about HIV and effective treatment, we hope to tackle stigma and remove the fear that often surrounds the virus.”

Here in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also agrees that undetectable = untransmittable.

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6 thoughts on “New Survey Shows Stigma Of HIV Remains High”

  1. “77% indicated they wouldn’t

    "77% indicated they wouldn’t be comfortable having comdomless sex with someone HIV positive"

    I'm more concerned about the 23% that would be comfortable. WTF is the matter with people? This is still a life-crippling and potentially deadly disease!

  2. I know people with HIV+ but

    I know people with HIV+ but me choosing not to be with someone positive ? Makes me a bad person ??? Or am I just reading this wrong ?? I’ve kiss guys on the cheek and probably on the mouth without asking if they are positive or negative. They aren’t damaged goods, but I should have the right to choose if I want to take the risk or not. Shaming someone who chooses not to take the risk sounds very idiotic and senseless. At the end of the day we should always educate ourselves and get what we want from this life, that’s all. (Grammar police …come at me BRO!) lol -wgs❤️

  3. Let’s be honest. HIV poz is

    Let's be honest. HIV poz is damaged goods but that's OK. They can still date other poz men. This whole U=U campaign is politically motivated. Buyer beware.


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