Many people living with HIV still experience unfair treatment due to their actual, or suspected HIV status.
Most often, HIV-related stigma arises from fear and ignorance, or existing prejudices of groups most affected by the virus. These include gay men, people of colour, Indigenous people, and injecting drug users.
Attitudes and opinions of Canadians toward people living with HIV were assessed in a national study in 2012. In this study, 55 per cent felt that people with HIV may experience difficulty in basic activities, such as: finding housing, healthcare, or employment, due to the existing stigma. Stigma is changed by awareness, acceptance, and challenging discrimination everywhere it exists.