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Join your voice to the ENUF campaign and share your story of HIV stigma.

Our collective voices are what will help mobilise a social movement to resist stigma within our communities. The ENUF campaign aims to encourage all people, regardless of their HIV status, to have the courage and skills to identify and refuse to tolerate the manifestations of stigma in our lives.

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Will Vialls

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I was diagnosed with HIV in the early 90's. The doctor was not equipped to deal with my condition. I didn't see another doctor until 2002. Then I stopped going and became blasé about my HIV because I ..... Read More

David

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When I was first diagnosed, I was reluctant to tell anyone because I was scared of being judged. But 18 years on I am prepared to challenge anyone who discriminates against me because I am HIV positiv..... Read More

labgirljaime

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Medical staff is trained in universal precautions. We SHOULD treat every person or sample as if it is potentially contagious. Every single one. That means equality. I can't lie: the first time I handl..... Read More

labgirljaime

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I've been practicing for 14 years as a lab technologist in Canada, working now for a dermatologist. He sets the tone, and thankfully he is an intelligent man. He has never tolerated any discrimination..... Read More

Hayes

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Not since I originally started coming out about being gay, has something been so difficult to talk about. Just over a year ago I was diagnosed HIV+. With the stigma that is attached to this virus ..... Read More

drewcifer

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On June 25th 2010 I received my diagnosis as HIV+. The single biggest life changing event one will ever encounter. After multiple suicide thoughts and a Therapist I realized I am still the same pe..... Read More

Lucas

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Although this disease has taken so much from my life on one hand, It has encouraged me to turn my life around and given me so much and a way out for me. After years of burying my head in the sand and ..... Read More

Scot More

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In the weeks prior to Halloween in 1989, I learned of my HIV Pozative status. My first thought was I’m a goner. I will not see Halloween next year! In those early years I never disclosed my status. Fo..... Read More

StrengthInFaith

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*HIV will not beat us* I am awaiting my test results. I have gone through the most darkest time of my life this past week. But no matter what I pledge to live my life with love & promote understan..... Read More

Bumpa Love

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My story starts many years ago when AIDS started affecting people around me in the club scene in Auckland NZ. Since then I've had friends live with and die of AIDS. As a performer I've been able to ta..... Read More

I'm Still Josh

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I didn't know one person that was HIV-positive. Nobody had ever told me. Until 1/24/13, and the person I learned was living with HIV, is me. I'm Josh, I live in the U.S., and I will now fight HIV stig..... Read More

Nick

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I am a regularly tested and (probably) HIV-negative gay man. And I am sick and tired of reading all that 'clean UB2' bullshit. I've been living in a serodiscordant relationship (so my partner has HIV)..... Read More

max

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I was diagnosed in 1988 & told i had most probably 5 years to live. I have never forgotten that statement it haunts me to this today. Ive been through some harrowing times and have lost many many ..... Read More

Joe

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I sometimes feel that I am damaged goods and no man would want me. As soon as I find someone I am attracted to I tell him about my status and as always I never hear from them again. It hurts and ..... Read More

Stephen Baumgartner

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ENUF of discrimination An equal world for all Regardless of your HIV status We ALL NEED LOVE galore We all are human too And need hugs to get us threw To get us threw the BAD TIMES THE FAMILY OF MANKI..... Read More

ChrisJ

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I was diagnosed HIV+ in 1996, I was 14. I made the decision that I was not going to let it beat me. Since then I've come out as gay, but I am still scared outa my wits about coming out as HIV+..... Read More

Peter

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Many people who I considered friends just avoided me once my status was realised. Ironically some of the greatest discrimination experienced was from within the gay community. After 11 years I'm learn..... Read More

Unstoppable

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In 1990, At 18 I was being tested for HIV in the navy every 3 months, at 23 i was caring for and watching a dear friend lose his fight against HIV when no-one else would.. I was an educated caring man..... Read More

Max Niggl

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Living with HIV for 25 years is no mean feat. That I took 11 years to be open about my HIV status says I had internalised HIV stigma. Being open about my HIV status since then has been the most powerf..... Read More

Hohepa

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HIV is not a ZOMBIE apocalypse - shake their hands, give 'em a hug and have a drink with 'em. To me they're really special. HOHEPA(joe)...... Read More

Hohepa

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As an Australian,our reponsibility is to encourage people with HIV, set them as a good example for others and disclose their HIV status. HOHEPA(Joe)..... Read More

melbournewolf

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I regret not starting HAART immediately upon diagnosis - I reckon I'd still be a productive member of the workforce had my over-inflated sense of self and pride not gotten in the way; four years with ..... Read More

melbournewolf

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I had ENUF stigma pre-loaded from years behind the bar, watching others dish it to brothers, seeing the expressions of fear and loathing etched in grimaces of rejection. I stigmatised myself with what..... Read More

Anonymous

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I told my colleague that I was HIV positive. She hasn't spoken to me since, except to say that with my 'lifestyle' I probably deserved it...... Read More

Brent

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I told my colleague that I was HIV positive. She hasn't spoken to me since, except to say that with my 'lifestyle' I probably deserved it...... Read More

Anonymous

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I am not sure I want to know if I am HIV positive. I see what it is like for guys my age out there if they say they are poz - I reckon its easier to not know...... Read More

Anonymous

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If people ask if I am 'clean' - I tell them I shower daily...... Read More

Dave

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Telling mum was very hard I cried but all mum wanted to know was that I was ok...... Read More

Max Niggl

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I strongly endorse this campaign and urge PLHIV from the global community to become involved...... Read More

John

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The worst stigma I have had was when I went to get a piercing. I filled the form in and I was honest, and said I was HIV positive. The piercer came out and said I would not heal correctly as I have AI..... Read More

Jim

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I find living with HIV stigma harder than living with the virus itself. It can undermine your self esteem, isolate you, bring you right down. It might be an insulting comment heard in a bar, an ignora..... Read More

Steven

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To say I've never experienced HIV stigma would be a lie. After I disclosed my HIV status to a fellow student she refused to shake my hand. Stigma is a slap in the face to positive people...... Read More

Johnny

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Living with the stigma of Hiv is a tougher burden then living with the illness. It is not the impact of the virus that gets under my skin (no pun intended) but the shameful and judgemental mentality t..... Read More

Johnny

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I thought I would never find love again. After all, who would seriously hook up with a guy with a serious, contagious illness? Then I made a change from within, and found richness, resilience and reso..... Read More

Budi

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"I don't discriminate, but clean guys only"� comments such as this reflect the underlying stigma agaisnt PLHIV...... Read More

Aaron

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It is by our actions that we fight stigma and the first thing that we have to do is to not allow others to stigmatise us because of our status...... Read More

eric

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I have survived because I said ENUF. I became an HIV speaker to help out and found telling my story and saying ENUF, helped me focus on getting well. Now I know that when I have had ENUF of the crap, ..... Read More

Aaron

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I proudly proclaim that I am HIV positive because my sero status does not define who I am. It also does not define who I love. I disclose my positive status to others to show them that this is what HI..... Read More

Jeffery

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When I had a mental health episode the stigma I faced from friends, family and sector colleagues was unbelievable. The discrimination against PLHIV with a mental illness is woeful and disgusting...... Read More

Anon

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When I was diagnosed in 1996 I faced fear, ignorance and discrimination from my family and hometown but I decided to fight back. ENUF was ENUF. By educating myself and my community about HIV I am lear..... Read More

Dean

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The guy that I started seeing told me that he was falling in love with me and that he wanted us to be together. As soon as I told him I was HIV postive, he told me that it wasn't a problem. He never r..... Read More

Chris

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As a victim of sexual assault over 12 years ago, I was forced to have to recently disclose my status to my family. I have had unconditional support and understanding from them and other PLHIV, which i..... Read More

Greg

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When I was diagnosed I hid it from my friends and family for two years, because I had seen the discrimination and stigma my positive friends had been subjected to. Then I decided my status wasn't goin..... Read More

Greg

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I am amazed at the acceptance and support from some members of the gay community but even more amazed and disappointed at the stimga and discrimination silently propagated and accepted by members of '..... Read More

Greg

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I get lots of guys online saying they are really keen to hook up - until I tell them of my status and ask them to let me know if that's going to be a problem. The majority become silent and don't resp..... Read More

Ryan

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By being open, sharing my story and showing that I'm doing well has helped redefine whan an HIV+ person is perceived to be by my family and friends. Live, love, be healthy, happy and well, and most of..... Read More

Ryan

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I struggled for a while feeding like I was 'damaged goods' but I am extermely lucky to have great support from family, friends and colleagues. I believe a lot of staying well has to do with having a r..... Read More

Ian

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As a healthcare professional most of my close work colleagues know I am HIV positive, I don't hide it. I didn't choose to become HIV positive and others have no right to discriminate. Including those ..... Read More

Ian

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I am trying to negotiate the 'dating scene' and I challenge people if they want to date someone who is 'clean'. I berated myself enough when I became HIV positive. If they cannot handle it, it's their..... Read More

Dean

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"No, this is not for me" handing the red ribbon back to me. I asked her why and was shocked when she responded "well, I'm not gay love."..... Read More

Dean

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Conversation is the best education right now. I didn't think I had any friends who were HIV positive, but actually they just hadn't told me. Ignorance is no longer an excuse...... Read More

Dean

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In recounting how difficult it was for me to get rid of five red ribbons my friends were all shocked responding that 'HIV was still a problem in places like Africa.' I realised that while their attitu..... Read More

Dean

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It's not down to the GLBTIQ community to carry the torch for HIV awareness, it isn't the 80's anymore and it's time for people to stop thinking just because it doesn't affect them that it isn't their ..... Read More

Stef

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Whilst pregnant, an obstetrician found out I was HIV positive and screamed, "You're HIV positive, I can't treat you!" There went my confidentiality and my self-esteem. I felt so dirty that I was unwor..... Read More

Carmelo Dinami

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Present who you all.. ALL that you are!..... Read More

Stef

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HIV has opened doors that I never thought possible. I have faced fears that I thought would overwhelm me. HIV has been one of the greatest challenges of my life: it has also made me realize that I am ..... Read More

Greg

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I'm 32 and proud to be an openly gay man who just happens to be HIV+. In my future, I'm going to be a dad, get my Uni degree and keep kicking goals...... Read More

Feral Beral

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I have learnt that the best thing is to speak out, speak up and speak loud until someone listens..... Read More

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