Stigma & Disclosure

The Impacts of HIV Stigma & Discrimination

Stigma begins with the devaluing of a person because of a difference which is attributed with a negative connotation. Put simply, it is about being treated differently because of something about you can’t change.

Stigma and discrimination often go hand in hand, as discrimination often occurs as a result of stigma and stigmatising attitudes. Such as being denied access to a service because of your HIV status. Discriminating against someone because of their HIV status is unlawful in Australia, but unfortunately stigma itself isn’t.

Stigma can disempower many people, and has historically and continues to be experienced by people living with HIV. It is equally important to note that experiences with stigma have forced individuals into situations where they found new skills, strength, community and resilience.

The development of resilience isn’t an excuse or acceptance of stigma, far from it, but a tool we can all use to rise above, call out, educate, and move beyond.

Need help with discrimination?

Discriminating against someone because of their HIV status is unlawful in Australia. What you need to know and how to get help.

Help end HIV stigma

Stigma is a challenge for all people with HIV, but there are things you can do to help, no matter your status.

HIV Disclosure and the law

There is no specific law regarding HIV disclosure in Queensland, but there are laws you should understand.

Tips on disclosing your status

Find out more about when you need to disclose, how best to do it, and what to think about before you do. 

Our trained team is here to help you should you have any questions or need support. You can contact QPP toll free from a Queensland land-line on 1800 636 241 or (07) 3013 5555 nationally, email us at or use our contact us form.

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