HIV Stigma and Discrimination

November 28, 2016

Purpose: Stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS have a profound effect on the course of the epidemic. The fear of stigma and discrimination negatively affects the way in which individuals and families protect themselves and provide care and support to those affected.

This course explores HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including their importance and effects on behavior and HIV responses, promising practices for addressing them, and addresses the complex challenges that remain.

Objectives: At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Define HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and related concepts
  • Understand the negative consequences of stigma and discrimination on people, communities, and program efforts
  • Outline key strategies to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination
  • Understand key tools used to monitor and measure stigma and discrimination reduction efforts
  • Know where to look for further information or technical assistance

Course Content: The content of this course was largely based on the document "Breaking the Cycle: Stigma, Discrimination, Internal Stigma and HIV" prepared by Ken Morrison and POLICY Project/Mexico for USAID in January 2006.

Time: Approximately 2 hours

Course Last Updated: May 2010

eLearning, HIV, Global Health eLearning Center, stigma, discrimination