November 27, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Howard hosts 4th HIV Stigma Conference
Jeanne White-Ginder, Ryan White, HIV Stigma

Jeanne White-Ginder (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

More than 600 healthcare providers, public health officials, and others attended the 4th Annual International HIV Stigma Conference held Nov. 22 on the campus of Howard University in D.C.

Jeanne White Ginder, longtime AIDS activist and mother of Ryan White, was among the community activists and international experts that discussed strategies for the elimination of stigma associated with HIV, according to Howard University spokesperson Sholnn Freeman.

Experts attending previous HIV stigma conferences at Howard University have said the stigma associated with HIV often results in an increase in the HIV infection rate because it discourages people at risk for HIV from obtaining information and help they need to avoid becoming infected.

In a statement released last week, Freeman said Howard University would soon announce the launching of a new Stigma Research Center.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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