By the end of this unit, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how language shapes our world
  • Understand the history of language in relation to HIV and other chronic illnesses
  • Define stigma and its impact on HIV prevention, treatment, and care
  • Explain the differences between stigmatizing and empowering language
  • Identify “People First Language” and its importance
  • Explore the use of empowering language when talking or writing about oneself and others


Lesson plan and handouts (PDF)

PowerPoint slides (PPT)