HIV organizations work together in Poland to conduct PLHIV Stigma Index study 2010

11 Jun 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.

The project was jointly implemented by NGOs working on behalf of people living with HIV, including: Bądź z nami Association; Warszawa, CRS Monar, Warszawa; DADU Association, Szczecin; Jump 93 Association,  Warszawa; Mały Książę Association, Warszawa; MSP Słyszę serce Association, Łódź: Plus/minus Association, Wrocław; Pozytywni w Tęczy Association, Warszawa; Razem Association, Toruń; Res Humanae Foundation, Warszawa; SIEĆ PLUS Association, Warszawa; Society Education Foundation, Warszawa and Solidarni Plus Eko  School of Living, Wandzin.

Data was collected by 25 interviewers in seven of the 11 cities in which clinics for people living with HIV are located (Bydgoszcz/Toruń, Chorzów, Gdańsk, Łódź, Szczecin Warsaw and Wrocław) between August and October 2010.  The survey was conducted with a group of 502 people in seven cities. In addition to the survey data, twenty case studies were collected from this group of respondents.

Despite the fact that HIV was first reported in Poland in the mid-1980s, interviewees reported mixed behaviours toward them on the part of health care workers. Thirty percent of respondents (N=150) reported that health care workers reacted supportively or very supportively upon disclosure of the respondents' HIV status; however, 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. Eighteen percent of respondents (N=89) reported that they had not disclosed their status to a health care worker.