September 9, 2018
Written by Eddie Gonzalez, #2018USCA Social Media Fellow
One of the workshops given at the United States Conference on AIDS(USCA) is HIV #LanguageMatters: Addressing Stigma by Using Preferred Language, a very polemic subject that taught us why it is adequate to speak the “HIV language”.
Why mentioned it to be a polemic? The simple fact that meaning of the word is due to the fact that it is a contentious rhetoric that is intended to support a specific position by aggressive claims and undermining of the opposing position. This helps the case that the language we use to describe HIV can either empower or stigmatize people living with the virus.