What is the People Living with HIV Stigma Index?

The People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Stigma Index is a standardized tool to gather evidence on how stigma and discrimination impacts the lives of people living with HIV. The PLHIV Stigma Index was developed to be used by and for people living with HIV and was created to reflect and support the Greater Involvement of People living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) principle, where PLHIV networks are empowered to lead the whole implementation of the PLHIV Stigma Index study.

When it comes to shouting out against stigma – I’ve done it. But I’ve been struggling to quantify it. I now have the missing link.

The PLHIV Stigma Index was developed by GNP+, ICW, UNAIDS and IPPF. It was first launched in 2008. Since its launch, the PLHIV Stigma Index has been implemented in more than 100 countries with over 100.000 PLHIV participating in the process. During the International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands the new version of the tool was launched. The makeover reflects the latest context in the HIV response globally. The revision process was supported by Population Council and PEPFAR and launched as the PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0.