Over the past 20 years, the Population Council has generated evidence around the types of stigma experienced by key populations at higher risk for HIV, and has designed and tested strategies aimed at reducing stigma and improving HIV programs and outcomes. Key populations (KPs), such as female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender individuals, and people who use drugs, often face multiple stigmas that reinforce one another. Evidence generated by the Population Council has shown that addressing and reducing stigma faced by KPs is a crucial step toward improving HIV prevention and treatment outcomes. This brief summarizes Population Council findings on KPs’ experiences of stigma and strategies tested to reduce the stigma and discrimination KPs face.
Population Council. 2018. "Addressing stigma and gender inequities to strengthen HIV and AIDS programming: A focus on key populations," fact sheet. Washington, DC: Population Council.