The People Living with HIV Stigma Index Report in The Dominican Republic was conducted in 2009.
The group of individuals included in the study shows an almost equal distribution by sex: 48.6% males and 51.0% females. Also, 0.4% identified themselves as transsexuals. Approximately 10% are young people and the largest group (38.4%) is concentrated in the segment of young adults (30-39 years of age).
Piecing it together for women and girls- The gender dimensions of HIV-related stigma
(Evidence from Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia)
HIV. Stigma. Gender. These three terms are all-too-frequently used together on any discussion related to the structural determinants or driving forces of the epidemic. Much time has been devoted to developing a deeper understanding of their connections at plenary addresses at AIDS conferences; articles in journals and all kinds of quantitative and qualitative research. Yet, despite all we have learned over the past three decades about HIV-related stigma, it continues to thrive – fuelling the continued expansion of the epidemic. It is imperative that we find innovative and personal ways to piece together the ever-growing rhetoric into tangible difference in the lives of people most affected by the epidemic. And in many countries around the world, these lives are those of key populations1 and young women and girls.
Piecing together the various parts of a response to HIV-related stigma – to match the realities of the lives of different women and girls – requires that policy makers and programme experts; advocates and activists; researchers and academics work towards a collective goal. Responses must be carefully crafted and become ‘fit for purpose’ to effectively address the most pressing bottlenecks.
These strategies could include:
- fit for research and policy
-fit for advocacy
-fit for learning
Responses to stigma must evolve and develop in line with the nature of HIV-related stigma, which is ever shifting and changing. We hope that this document will provide some insight on piecing together the various elements to address the nuances of HIV-related stigma as it affects young women and girls.
The reports are provided here.