stigma framework

Stigma: World AIDS Day focus

28 November 2016
Sephy Valuks and Annie Holmes


“HIV stigma: not retro – just wrong.” That is the theme for 2016 World AIDS Day. STRIVE takes this opportunity to profile work on this crucial driver of HIV risk. Below are some important resources to review and share.

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has led much of STRIVE’s research and analysis of stigma, both from Washington, DC and in India.

Anne Stangl of ICRW-DC wrote an influential paper, with colleagues, outlining a systematic review of interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma, within a special issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS).

ICRW has been involved in developing and refining a global HIV stigma reduction framework. STRIVE produced a measurement brief, using this framework, to encourage comparable research findings.

In India, ICRW shared findings from pilot studies applying the framework to reduce stigma in five settings:

For a clear outline of HIV and HIV-related stigma, catch up with two Learning Labs, also by Dr Stangl:

Look out for the hashtag #HIVNotRetro on STRIVE’s Twitter feed, @hivdrivers.