If something has a "stigma," people feel negatively about it



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‘Stigma’ describes the negative feelings and viewpoints toward a particular thing or characteristic. In today’s episode, you’ll hear that being HIV carries a significant social stigma; that means, many people in Chinese society think negatively about people with HIV. Around the world, mental health issues, such as depression, also carry a stigma. Many people are afraid to admit they’re in treatment for mental health problems because of the stigma.

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