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Stigma Associated With HIV

Despite advances in HIV care and treatment and HIV-awareness campaigns, negative attitudes and judgments directed at people living with HIV (PLWH) continue to create barriers to those seeking care.1 Fear of stigma and discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity, race, age, sex work, or socioeconomic standing may delay people in getting tested for HIV, practicing prevention methods, and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Unfortunately, high-risk populations are often the ones most in fear of seeking quality treatment in the healthcare setting and beyond.

According to one global survey of 1111 PLWH in 2016, 82% had experienced stigma related to their HIV status in the previous 12 months.2 Additionally, 2011-2016 survey data from The People Living with HIV Stigma Index—a decentralized data collection resource used in more than 90 countries to document stigma and discrimination experienced by PLWH around the world—showed that roughly one in five PLWH avoided seeking quality healthcare due to their HIV status.1


1. Confronting discrimination: overcoming HIV-related stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings and beyond. UNAIDS website. Published May 30, 2018. Accessed June 20, 2018.
2. The Positive Perspectives Survey Report: A view into the lives of people living with HIV. LivLife website. Accessed April 11, 2018.

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