Latest Press Releases

Life stories from PLHIV Stigma Index participants from 3 African countries. - 3 July 2014

The testimonies or life stories were recorded as part of the Give Stigma the Index Finger project (2011-2014) and complement the Stigma Index reports carried out in each country. The project also supported journalists in each country to improve and increase coverage on HIV stigma.

Mauritius Stigma Index takes stock 2013 - 22 May 2014

The study shows that HIV-related stigma and discrimination, most notably high levels of internal stigma as well as discrimination in healthcare settings, is ongoing and acts as a barrier for PLHIV to access HIV prevention, treatment and care service in Mauritius. With a concentrated HIV epidemic, many PLHIV face layered stigma, related to their perceived or actual belonging to one or more key population groups. 


 Advocates expose U.S. failures to address HIV stigma and discrimination and propose an anti-stigma empowerment tool based on community research.

 November 27, 2013 New York, NY - The United States People Living with HIV Stigma Index may well be the most ambitious community-based research project ever undertaken to measure HIV Stigma and discrimination nationally, and it also has the benefit of empowering communities of people living with HIV, according to a report published by the project's National Steering Committee.

You can read more including the report and accompanying press release from the advocacy page (listed under "Stigma Index") on the Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America, website:

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Publication on Stigma and Discrimination Nov 2013 - 15 November 2013

 The Journal of the International AIDS Society has published a special edition on Stigma and Discrimination featuring research from a wide range of contexts. 

Malaysia PLHIV stigma index highlights human rights abuses - 30 October 2013

In   the  area of rights, laws and policies pertaining to PLHIV, it was  found that majority  of the  respondents had very  little knowledge  with regards to  their  rights.

Frameworks for Dialogue - an advocacy tool based on the PLHIV Stigma Index - 27 September 2013

The PLHIV Stigma Index provides an evidence base upon which the Framework for Dialogue can build.


GIPA put into action in Ecuador 2009/10 - 27 September 2013

One of the main features of PLHIV Stigma Index study is the involvement of people living with HIV in all its  phases, following principle GIPA (greater involvement of people with HIV).

Senegal Stigma Index reveals interesting data about children - 11 September 2013

Forty per cent of respondents expressed a desire not to have (more) children.

In Mozambique PLHIV are helping themselves (2012) - 9 August 2013

The National Network of Associations of People Living with HIV / AIDS (RENSIDA)was in charge of the implementation of the study in Mozambique, with the technical support group CESO CI and direct supervision by  the Steering Committee, constituted for the purpose and represented by members of UNAIDS in Mozambique and the University Eduardo Mondlane.

Implementation planned for USA - 26 June 2013

The steering committee has been established and a launch meeting is taking place to further develop the sampling strategy and best approach for the USA implementation of the PLHIV Stigma Index.

Cameroon: Self stigma an all too common barrier to accessing services. - 21 June 2013

Emmanuel left a message behind: "I am tired of being ill-treated and falsely accused of being mentally ill and being treated with such scorn because of rumours that I am an HIV seropositive patient."

Malawi - more efforts needed to promote the positive health, dignity and preventions needs of people living with HIV (2010). - 19 June 2013

A total of 2272 people living with HIV  were interviewed on their experiences of stigma and discrimination.

Positive voices heard in Germany - 14 June 2013

"POSITIVE STIMMEN" ("positive voices") is the German roll-out of the international PLHIV Stigma Index Initiative.

HIV organizations work together in Poland to conduct PLHIV Stigma Index study 2010 - 11 June 2013

One out of five respondents (20%, N=100) experienced discriminatory or very discriminatory reactions to the disclosure of their HIV status on the part of health care workers

Surprising levels of poverty and food insecurity revealed in Moldovan study 2011 - 11 June 2013

Nearly half of unemployed respondents reported food deficits in their households.

More linkages between HIV and sexual reproductive health services needed in Mexico 2010 - 11 June 2013

In Mexico Field work began in May and ended September 2010, interviews took place simultaneously in 9 cities.

Key populations well represented in Malaysia study 2011 - 11 June 2013

Majority of the respondents also identified themselves as belonging to key populations, with 52.7% being Injecting Drug Users, 23.2% prisoners(former and current), 10.7% Men who have Sex with Men, 6.7% were gay or lesbian, 6.4% were sex workers and 4.3% were transgender

Self stigma levels very high in Kenya 2010 - 11 June 2013

Between 40 - 50% of PLHIV interviewed reported feeling guilty or ashamed about their status.

Fiji - Stigma Index findings contribute to HIV decree 2010 - 30 May 2012

The Fiji Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS (FJN+) conducted the People Living with HIV Stigma Index in the Fiji Islands in 2010.  A sample of 45 People Living with HIV were interviewed in Suva and Lautoka on the Island of Viti Levu and in Labasa on the Island of Vanua Levu.  

Argentina - "el indice de estigma es un punto de partida.." - 24 May 2012

La investigación desarrollada para establecer el Índice de estigma en personas con VIH en Argentina, lejos de ser un punto de llegada, es percibida como un punto de partida para la construcción de más y mejores políticas sociales que incluyan la evidencia conseguida como fundamento de sus programaciones.

Ukraine: overlapping stigmas - 24 May 2012

The findings of the research have demonstrated that stigma, discrimination and violation of human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS are widely spread in Ukraine.

Nigeria - 24 May 2012

The study found that HIV-related stigma was prevalent and an ongoing part of life for the people living with HIV in Nigeria who participated in this study.

UK stigma index data used in NAM publication - 27 March 2012

NAM have produced a new edition of our patient information booklet HIV, stigma & discrimination aims to help people understand the causes of stigma and discrimination, think about ways of responding and find out where to go for help and support.

The PLHIV Stigma Index underway in Germany - 13 December 2011

Finally, in November 2011 - after more than a year of preparatory work - the first interview within the frame of "positive stimmen" (literally "positive voices"), the PLHIV Stigma Index in Germany, is underway.

Understanding HIV stigma in Swaziland - 13 December 2011

"I am alive because I went to test otherwise I would be dead... People think because I am HIV positive, that is the problem. But really the problem is not knowing your HIV status."

A qué se enfrentan colombianos que tienen VIH - 22 November 2011

Entrevista con Juan Simbaqueba investigador principal sobre los hallazgos del indice de estigma en personas viviendo con VIH en Colombia.


ICASA Ethiopia - 11 October 2011

"The Gender Dimensions of HIV-related Stigma in Ethiopia" has been selected for presentation in an Oral Abstract Session at the 16th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2011) to be held in Ethiopia 4-8 December 2011.

Piecing it together for women and girls: The gender dimensions of HIV-related stigma - 28 April 2011

New publication giving evidence on the gender dimensions of HIV-related stigma in Ethiopia, Dominican Republic and Bangladesh launched April 2011

Verdict on a Virus - 13 November 2008

The criminal law is a blunt instrument for HIV prevention.  Yet from the UK to the USA, Mali to Mozambique, Azerbaijan to Australia, criminal laws are increasingly being used to prosecute HIV transmission or exposure. This undermines human rights and jeopardizes hard won gains in the global response to HIV.