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The information and reference materials provided on this website are intended as general information only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice to you or to any other individual. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

Editorial Information:

All content on this website is reviewed and edited for content, grammar and readability by Loretta Jay, Executive Director of B Stigma-Free. Ms. Jay has a master’s degree in community psychology; she is not a medical professional.

Website content is developed from a variety of sources. Research from reputable, peer-reviewed journals and regulatory bodies are sourced for articles and fact sheets. We may also collaborate with our Partners who have expertise working with specific populations.

B Stigma-Free may include information from sponsors or advertisers. This content will be clearly identified on the website, differentiating it from content sourced by B Stigma-Free.


B Stigma-Free invites individuals with expertise or stigma-related experience to write blog articles about stigma. Guest bloggers are non-medical professionals unless otherwise identified. Our guest blogger guidelines are available here.  If authors have any conflicts of interest to declare with commercial health organizations, these conflicts will be stated on the same page as the article. All submitted content is reviewed and edited by B Stigma-Free’s editorial staff.

Volunteers and staff periodically moderate blog articles and related comments. All moderators and those who provide comments to blog articles must behave with respect and honesty at all times. No advertising or promotional information may be posted on the platform. Internet users posting comments on the blog should not be considered as health professionals.

B Stigma-Free retains the right to remove content, including comments, without notification if those comments are deemed to be inappropriate or harmful. B Stigma-Free may unilaterally decide to ban users of our blog comments platform without notification for derogatory, aggressive, threatening or otherwise inappropriate content.


B Stigma-Free respects the privacy and confidentiality of visitors to its site. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer to parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who help us operate our website, conduct our business or otherwise service you, so long as those parties agree to keep the information confidential.  We may also release that information when we believe that release is necessary to comply with the law, protect ours, or others’ rights, property or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to others for marketing, advertising or other reasons.

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Professional and organization memberships and comments posted on the website’s blog are visible to all visitors; users are not entitled to confidentiality. Those who sign The Pledge may choose to have their names published or not. Names that are not published will remain confidential.

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B Stigma-Free does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and partners.

B Stigma-Free is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


B Stigma-Free may link to other websites to provide additional information about a topic or individual that we believe may be of interest or beneficial to our readers. We do not receive financial compensation for these links.

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The B Stigma-Free Research database is not a comprehensive listing of all published research related to stigma available. B Stigma-Free does not recommend or endorse professionals, products, services, publications, medications or treatments listed in the databases or those advertised on the B Stigma-Free website. B Stigma-Free reserves the right to accept, reject, or remove listings or advertising on its website at any time.


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B Stigma-Free is solely responsible for the content on this site.

Last modification date: 4/3/16.

Board of Directors:

Dana Beyer, MD

Thomas Kaylor

Marvin Pannell, MBA

Nermis Rosario, CFA

Vernon S. Thompson, DMin, MEd, MDiv


Advisory Council:

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD

Irwin Krieger, LCSW

William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA

Andrea Leonardi, MA

Deborah Lipschitz, MD

Michael Morris, PhD

Sonia M. Ospina, PhD

Rebecca M. Puhl, PhD

Marilyn Price Spivack

Janie Victoria Ward, EdD, MEd