HIV Stigma Index
HIV Stigma Index
The People living with HIV Stigma Index is the world’s largest social research project implemented by people living with HIV themselves. Since the project began in 2008 it has been implemented in over 70 countries and translated into 54 languages. More than 1600 people living with HIV have been trained as interviewers and over 100,000 people living with HIV have been interviewed. Almost every month new countries start implementing the research tool. A few countries have already run the Index twice.
Policy and programme managers have long recognised that to achieve universal access to treatment, prevention and services, we need to address stigma and discrimination. The Stigma Index provides a tool that measures and detects changing trends in stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV.
In the initiative, the process is just as important as the product. The Stigma Index operationalises the GIPA principle, while building an evidence base and increasing advocacy. It aims to address stigma relating to HIV while also advocating on the key barriers and issues perpetuating stigma – a major obstacle to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support. The Index helps to improve workplace policies, informs debates about the criminalisation of HIV transmission, and promotes the realisation of human rights.
The Index is a joint programme of GNP+, the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW) and UNAIDS. GNP+ offers technical support to networks of people living with HIV and HIV organisations working with the Index.
Do you want to find out more? Check www.stigmaindex.org
Are you ready to implement the PLHIV Stigma Index in your country or community? Contact GNP+