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Reducing HIV-related stigma : components of an effective approach


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Abstract: This article discusses the complexity of HIV-related stigma. People living with HIV (PLWH) have been forced from their homes, dismissed by their employers, rejected by their families and friends, and refused access to some basic services. Stigma not only affects the quality of life of PLWH and their access to quality treatment and care, but also fuels an invisible internal fire, causing further spread of the virus. Collecting cases of discrimination against PLWH and bringing them to court without bringing the community in contact with PLWH might give justice to the victims of discrimination, but will not lead to the desired effect. The central approach in fighting HIV-related stigma seems to be ‘mainstreaming’ of stigma-reduction strategies in projects, programmes and policies. Translated to daily practice this means that it is important to collaborate with all stakeholders involved at different levels, from national to grassroots level. The idea is to ensure that the entire spectrum is covered, from prevention to support.
Authors: Ginkel, R. van
Category: General
End Page: 4
Serial number: 2
ISSN: 1871-7551
Journal: Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender
Keywords: HIV and AIDS , sociology
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Year: 2008
Right: © 2008 KIT
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 1
Title: Reducing HIV-related stigma : components of an effective approach