North America(Canada and USA)

  • The U.S. Stigma Index is a national implementation of the global PLHIV Stigma Index: a community-based research and action project for and by HIV+ people.
    Laurel Sprague - who is the USA Index coordinator talks about the index here; an article from November 2014 in The Body.
    The U.S. implementation of the The People Living with HIV Stigma Index began in 2013 and will run until 2016.

    In common with the implementations in the rest of the world the U.S implementation is by and for people living with HIV to: 

    - Document experiences of stigma and discrimination; 

    - Mobilize and support networks of key populations and people living with HIV to work together to improve the well-being of the most marginalized affected groups; 

    - Reduce internalized stigma and develop resilience and capacity to bring change; 

    - Develop the research literacy of people living with HIV and key populations to understand, manage, and use data on the social aspects of HIV stigma and discrimination; 

    - Provide an evidence base to inform interventions focused on community identified needs; and 

    - Build a shared advocacy agenda across key populations of people living with HIV designed for impact in addressing the barriers to well-being created by HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

    The US PLHIV Stigma Index is a project of the Global Network of People Living with HIV, North America (GNP+NA) with support from GNP+, ICW, and UNAIDS.