Global action to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination: JIAS special edition

Cynthia Grossman, Anne Stangl et al. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2013; Vol. 16 (Suppl. 2) Global action to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination

A series of papers examine HIV-related stigma in a variety of contexts and settings, exploring the impact of stigma on several different populations.

Some 50–60% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status. HIV-related stigma prevents millions of people from coming forward for testing and for prevention and treatment services.

In the introduction to this Journal of the International AIDS Society supplement, co-editors Anne Stangl of STRIVE partner ICRW-DC and Cynthia Grossman of the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) urge the research community to:

  • clearly link intervention activities to the domains of stigma to be shifted
  • assess the stigma domains in a consistent manner
  • link stigma and discrimination reduction to HIV prevention, care and treatment outcomes (such as the uptake, adherence and retention of ART)

ICRW-DC also co-authored a paper in the supplement: A systematic review of interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination from 2002 to 2013: how far have we come? The researchers:

  • summarise the current literature and evidence on programming to reduce stigma and discrimination
  • note considerable progress in the stigma-reduction field
  • identify challenges impeding identification and scale up of effective stigma-reduction strategies at national level
  • define as a critical next step for research the development, validation, and consistent use of globally relevant scales of stigma and discrimination 

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