HIV Language Guide

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HIV Language Guide: To give you the tools to talk about HIV and call out stigma and outdated attitudes when you see them.

HIV Language Guide: To give you the tools to talk about HIV and call out stigma and outdated attitudes when you see them.

Some of the language which is used when talking HIV and people living with HIV can place blame and stigmatise people living with HIV, making them feel isolated. We’ve created this guide to remind and teach people language which is respectful and inclusive when talk about HIV and people living with HIV.

There is power in the language we use

This is especially true when we are talking about HIV. How we talk about HIV has evolved since the end of the 20th century, and many of the terms we may have used previously are now outdated. We have created a handy language guide to give you the tools to talk about HIV and call out stigma and outdated attitudes when you see them.

People living with HIV have preferences on the language they use to describe their lived experience, so this guide may not cover every term or phrase.

We all have a part to play to #GetToZero new HIV transmissions in Scotland by 2030. You can help us get there by calling out misinformation and stigma relating to HIV. You can find out more about our Get To Zero campaign here. Download our free HIV language guide below.

HIV Language Guide (pdf) (28.47 MB)