HIV Stigma Index
HIV Stigma Index
The People Living with 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 100 countries. More than 230 people living with HIV have been trained as interviewers and over 100,000 people living with HIV have been interviewed. New countries start implementing this research tool almost every month. A few countries have already run the Stigma Index twice. The first version of the questionnaire has been translated into 55 languages. Since the revised and strengthened People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2.0 has only been launched in 2018, the new questionnaire and user guide are still being translated into more languages.
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 Stigma Index helps to improve workplace policies, informs debates about the criminalisation of HIV transmission, and promotes the realisation of human rights.
The Stigma Index is a joint programme of GNP+, the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW) and The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (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
Read the 2018 World AIDS Day message about the Stigma Index project.