Stigma remains one of the biggest barriers preventing people living with HIV from accessing healthcare. The People Living with HIV Stigma Index was first launched in 2008. Ten years on, it was replaced by and updated and strengthened Stigma Index 2.0.
Perceptions and decision-making with regard to pregnancy among HIV positive women in rural Maputo Province, Mozambique - a qualitative study
BACKGROUND: In preventing the transfer of HIV to their children, the Ministry of Health in Mozambique recommends all couples follow medical advice prior to a pregnancy. However, little is known about how such women experience pregnancy, nor the values they adhere to when making childbearing decisions.
"Being seen" at the clinic: Zambian and South African health worker reflections on the relationship between health facility spatial organisation and items and HIV stigma in 21 health facilities, the HPTN 071 (PopART) study
Health workers in 21 government health facilities in Zambia and South Africa linked spatial organisation of HIV services and material items signifying HIV-status (for example, coloured client cards) to the risk of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) 'being seen' or identified by others. Demarcated HIV services, distinctive client flow and associated-items were considered especially distinguishing.
A Way Forward: Addressing Stigma and Gender Inequities to Strengthen HIV and AIDS Programming and Policy
Stigma poses a tremendous barrier to HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment, particularly among vulnerable and criminalized populations. Gender disparities exacerbate HIV stigma and for many, the combined effects put HIV services out of reach and people living with HIV at the mercy of discriminatory laws. With an evolving global HIV response in which accessing care and treatment is a major priority, there is an urgent need to generate evidence to combat gendered stigma, ensure that policies are grounded in science, and scale up proven stigma-reduction interventions.
Zero Discrimination Day is a commemorated each year across the globe on 1 March. This year, UNAIDS highlighted the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world.
"My mother told me that I should not": a qualitative study exploring the restrictions placed on adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia
Adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected by HIV due to a range of social and structural factors. As they transition to adulthood, they are recipients of increasing blame for HIV infection and 'improper' sex, as well as increasing scrutiny, restrictions and surveillance. This study used a qualitative and participatory approach to explore the messaging and restrictions imposed on adolescent girls living with HIV in Zambia.
On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS is highlighting the right of everyone to be free from discrimination. No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.
The SAVE prevention methodology has been used and taught by INERELA+ for eight years and is finally available as a comprehensive toolkit. This toolkit systematically tackles the stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and misaction around HIV and AIDS, and comprehensively gives information related to HIV and methods of HIV transmission and how to mitigate these. A major challenge for faith leaders on HIV has been the lack of skills in addressing sex, sexuality and gender in their faith communities.