Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma

Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the StigmaCo-authored by Isha Weerasinghe, AAPCHO hepatitis B policy fellow Have you ever felt like you could be in someone else's shoes? That's what Mei felt when she was faced with the decision of whether to be a HIV test counselor, the same time she found out that she tested positive for the hepatitis B virus (HBV).1 Mei wondered about similar questions that individuals with HIV might ask themselves: "How will I tell my family? My friends? My partner?" She took the job, using her experience as someone who is infected with HBV, to help relate to others when they find



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