Universal test and treat: How will this impact HIV stigma? - Learning Lab 18 March 2014

12 March 2014
Annie Holmes

Please join us for a free webinar on Tuesday 18 March 2014, 12 noon GMT. James Hargreaves will discuss HIV-related stigma in the context of operationalising universal testing and treatment for HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

HIV-related stigma creates barriers to HIV prevention and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, and health facilities are an important setting for HIV-related stigmatising behaviour and attitudes. Universal testing and treating of HIV (UTT), a key component of the PopART trial, may change the nature of HIV-related stigma.  The webinar will present the prospective study nested within the HPTN071 (PopART) cluster randomised trial. This study aims to

  • document the domains of HIV-related stigma in interactions between social groups, and how this changes over time
  • analyse data to help increase understanding of how HIV-related stigma affects and is affected by UTT

James Hargreaves is a Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the School's Centre for Evaluation. James specializes in quantitative and mixed-methods evaluations using a wide array of methods including cluster randomised trials, systematic reviews and cohort, case-control and cross-section studies. His main research focus is on the social epidemiology of HIV. 


Mahajan, A. P., Sayles, J. N., Patel, V. A., Remien, R. H., Ortiz, D., Szekeres, G., Coates, T. J. (2008), Stigma in the HIV/AIDS epidemic: A review of the literature and recommendations for the way forward. AIDS. 2008; 22: S67-S79. doi10.1097/01.aids.0000327438.13291.62.

Stangl, A. L., Lloyd, J. K., Brady, L. M., Holland, C. E., Baral, S. (2013), A systematic review of interventions to reduce HIV-related stigmas and discrimination from 2002-2013: how far have we come? Journal of the International AIDS Society 2013, 16(2):18734

Nyblade, L., Stangl, A., Weiss, E., Ashburn, K. (2009), Combating HIV stigma in health care settings: what works? Journal of the International AIDS Society 2009; 12: 15. doi: 10.1186?1758-2652-12-15


Depending on your location, the time of the Learning Lab will be:
8:00 am Washington
12 noon London
2:00 pm Johannesburg/Geneva
3:00 pm Mwanza/Kampala
5:30 pm New Delhi


To join the webinar on Tuesday 18 March 2014 2014, follow these THREE STEPS.

1. Register online now. You will then receive an email giving you the access code, internet link and toll-free numbers to dial.

2. Log in to Ready Talk as a participant online. Log in shortly before the presentation begins, so you can see the slides. Use access code 9272774.

3. Dial in to Ready Talk on your telephone. Dial in shortly before the presentation begins, so you can hear the presenter speaking. Use access code 9272774.

If your country does not have a toll-free number, please send your contact number with country code to Annie [dot] Holmes [at] LSHTM [dot] ac [dot] uk by Monday 17 March, and we will dial out to you just before the beginning of the Lab.

Remember, you must call in AND join online to hear audio and view the slides.