ICASA Ethiopia

11 Oct 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.

Stigma against those who are known or presumed to be living with HIV remains a fundamental barrier to the achievement of universal access to HIV prevention, care, support and treatment. The impact of stigma can be immense - from the mental and physical well-being of an individual to the ability of health systems to reach those most in need and of governments to lead effective, rights-based responses. In addition to this, the existing gender-based inequalities are compounded by and, in turn, exacerbate HIV. As a result, women and girls living with HIV may face a double stigma - due to their HIV status and being female.

In addition these are some of the PLHIV Stigma Index posters that will be on display:

"The rollout of stigma index in Swaziland"