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

28 Nov 2011

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

A new publication was launched in Germany which looks at the People Living with HIV Stigma Index findings from three countries. The data has been analysed to show in particular how HIV related stigma affects women differently to men in those countries.

  • In Bangladesh, over half of women have experienced stigma from a friend or neighbour: 87 per cent have decided not to get married as a result of thier HIV status; and nearly a fifth feel suicidal.Iin Ethiopia only 45 per cent of women have disclosed their status to their partner or husband; over a half have low self esteem; and 44 per cent have been advised by a health worker not to have a child due to being HIV-positive.
  • In Dominican Republic, a fifth of women living with HIV have been coerced in to being sterilized; 60 per cent fear being the subject of gossip; and nearly a quarter did not, while pregnant, receive ARV drugs for the prevention of mother- to-child transmission; 75 percent of women gave support to others living with HIV.