As an Ohio Department of Health HIV Education Trainer, CJ Stobinski brings people’s knowledge of HIV into the 21st century. Social Media Activist CJ runs races to bring awareness of HIV into the public conversation and to challenge the current narrative of People Living With HIV. He held a speaking event in Columbus in September called Life After Diagnosis and writes for HIVHEREANDNOW.COM. He is now partnering with Columbus based Youth Across Borders to enhance the lives of orphans in Honduras living with HIV. CJ also works for non-profit Lucas County CareNet as a Health Care Navigator and Community Health worker, bringing medical care to low-income and undocumented individuals.
Presentation: How Using Person First Language for People Living With HIV Can De-Stigmatize the Virus, & Transform the Mainstream Conversation
Time: Breakout Session 1
Have the 10 most offensive/outdated/need to be retired terms used when speaking about the PLHIV population. 1.State the term and it’s history of use in HIV care 2.Explain why the term is outdated or in need of being retired altogether, why it’s psychologically damaging to PLHIV, and how it perpetuates the stigma of living with the virus. 3. Present the updated, Person First Language based alternative.
1. To help people realize that after years of silence, as the conversation surrounding HIV is starting to gain traction in the mainstream, we have the power to direct the conversation in any direction, through the words we choose to use regarding PLHIV.
2. To help people realize that the words we use when talking about PLHIV have the ability to either empower individuals, or these micro-aggressions can continue to stigmatize, disenfranchise, and subjugate the community as a whole, i.e. Death by 1000 cuts.
3. To challenge the long-standing narrative of PLHIV, that we are defined by an infection, something to be controlled and contained, rather than uplifted and empowered to take back our lives held hostage by the societal stigma of living with the virus.