I know that for some people, staying private about their HIV status is a matter of personal safety. But I believe a lot more people could be open about it, and their only reason for not doing so is fear. That's a powerful emotion, but fear doesn't excuse us for standing by as others are stigmatized.
There is no doubt that new health coverage plans and programs under the Affordable Care Act can improve the lives of millions. But let's be clear: This stage of implementation is just a step in the process toward the broader goals of improving health care access, engagement in care, and health outcomes for all.