Stigma and discrimination among people living with HIV (PLHIV) contributes to poor quality health care, coercion and violence, job loss, and exclusion from social gatherings. Addressing stigma affecting PLHIV is a global priority, given its impact on the HIV epidemic. In 2008, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the International Community of Women Living with HIV, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and UNAIDS launched the People Living with HIV Stigma Index (Stigma Index) to provide evidence on stigma and discrimination that can be used to advocate for the rights of PLHIV. As of November 2017, more than 100,000 PLHIV had been interviewed in over 50 languages by 2,000 trained PLHIV interviewers. The Stigma Index was recently updated to reflect shifts in the HIV epidemic, growth in the evidence base on how different populations are affected by stigma, and changes in the global response to HIV. Based on pilot testing in Cameroon, Senegal, and Uganda, Stigma Index 2.0 was finalized in 2018 for use worldwide. This brief describes preliminary key results from using the Stigma Index 2.0 in the Dominican Republic.
Project SOAR. 2019. "The People Living with HIV Stigma Index 2.0: Preliminary results from the Dominican Republic," Results brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)