Why Is There Still Stigma Attached to a Virus We Can Control?

It is difficult to catch and straightforward to treat. So why does society still shame and punish people infected with HIV?

Aeon Magazine
Apr 10, 2019 · 13 min read
Westchester County Correction officers in the hospital ward wear special garb to “protect” themselves from inmates with AIDS on July 15, 1983. Photo: Dan Brinzac/New York Post Archives /© NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images

By Rose George

You know what an HIV criminal looks like. It is Zdeněk Pfeifer, the Czech ‘HIV spreader’ who infected his…