In which John discusses what actually causes the stigmatization of certain health conditions, and how best to fight stigma. SOURCES:
The article about how perceptions of peril, origins, and perceived controllability affect stigmatization was very helpful to me. (It even has a visual aid!): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go......
This report about HIV-related stigma across geographical and social contexts was very helpful for me, and included lots of observations about how gender and socioeconomic class affect stigmatization: https://www.icrw.org/public...... (As you'll see, there are also many examples here of how mere education/information does not end stigma, although it can help.)
One of our favorite things to do is take a complicated issue and tease out the knot a little bit. By avoiding politics and taking a larger, top-down view, we try to tell a complete story much faster than cable news can even talk about an isolated event.