Shed Light to Fight Stigma

Humans have a long history of shunning the ill.
HIV rained stigma down on gay men and injecting drug users. And, in India, leprosy was grounds for divorce until last year. 

Stigma undermines the effectiveness of public health interventions, adding to the “hidden burden” of disease because of tests avoided, information unshared, and inequalities compounded.
A Lesson for the COVID-19 Era: As HIV and leprosy have shown, exposure fights stigma: “Sunlight itself can be a cure,” says Mitchell Weiss of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

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