The People Living with HIV Stigma Index provides a tool that measures and detects changing trends in relation to stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV. In the initiative, the process is just as important as the product. It aims to address stigma relating to HIV while also advocating on the key barriers and issues perpetuating stigma - a key obstacle to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support.
Since the project began in 2008 more than 50 countries have completed the study. More than 1300 PLHIV have been trained as interviewers and 50,000 PLHIV have been interviewed. The PLHIV Stigma index questionnaire has been translated into 54 languages. Countries that have completed the implementation include: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belorus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia,Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkey,Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Many more countries are expecting to complete the study in the coming months these include: Burundi, Canada, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, USA to name some.