Stigma

Stigma

A social stigma is a negative characteristic associated with a person or a group of people. These markings are not based on factual information or logical conclusions but on assumptions. Often these assumptions are triggered by the way people talk, look, or act. A stigma can lead to misidentifying peoples' actions or intentions which can, in the worst case, limit their freedom and/or wellbeing. An example of a social stigma is the belief that a person living with HIV is somehow ‘dirty’ or ‘immoral’, and that you should avoid any close physical contact with them.

All young people worldwide should be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, pleasurable and safe ways.