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U - Understand global HIV/AIDS stigma. Center safety and sex positivity.
HIV Stigma looks different everywhere, especially in differently countries, but it has a direct impact on the psychological lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Never dismiss stigma concerns. Support sexual agency and pleasure. Give people tools to navigate intimacy and community that are guided by safety and intentionality.
N - Normalize conversations on wellness, healing and mental health.
People Living with HIV/AIDS report higher levels of anxiety and depression due to ongoing HIV/AIDS stigma. Support folks with developing coping strategies that help them feel centered and supported: Yoga, journaling, therapy, healing circles and more. Do not call difficult feelings "bad." Welcome all feelings as information and insight that can help us grow. Seek trusted support when symptoms are outside of your skill set and capacity.
I - Initiate consistent care check ins while practicing consent.
Discussing HIV/AIDS can be very activating for many. Ask for consent when discussing HIV, HIV Status. Also ask for consent with touch and tasks as much as possible. Remember: not everyone has seroconverted through consensual sex, and discussion can be activating. Approach conversations with care.
T - Take your time.
Move at the speed of trust. Many people living with HIV have had their trust betrayed by community health centers and advocates. It is up to you to move with integrity. Name what you do not know. Help folks navigate care. Remember to center their needs- not your anxiety to "fix," "be right" or get numbers for your program.
Y - You must take responsibility for your mistakes and your own self care.
Taking responsibility builds trust. When you get something wrong, name it and make plans on how you will adjust. Center your care and communicate your capacity so you can show up as fully as possible. Have a team of folks people can rely on so it's not always just on you.