— The United States People Living With HIV Stigma Index may well be the most ambitious community-based research project ever undertaken to measure HIV stigma and discrimination nationally, and it also has the benefit of empowering communities of people living HIV with data to show to policymakers and health care providers, according to a report published by the project’s National Steering Committee.
View the report below as a pdf file.
The global People Living with HIV Stigma Index (http://www.stigmaindex.org) is a project designed by and for people living with HIV to:
- Document experiences of stigma and discrimination;
- Mobilize and support networks of key populations and people living with HIV to work together to improve the well-being of the most marginalized affected groups;
- Reduce internalized stigma and develop resilience and capacity to bring change;
- Develop the research literacy of people living with HIV and key populations to understand, manage, and use data on the social aspects of HIV stigma and discrimination;
- Provide an evidence base to inform interventions focused on community identified needs; and
- Build a shared advocacy agenda across key populations of people living with HIV designed for impact in addressing the barriers to well-being created by HIV-related stigma and discrimination.