- Provide safer environments
Create and strengthen safer environments, where people are not afraid to ‘speak out’ when they experience or witness stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, including reporting criminal activity.
- Establish support networks and programmes
Build support networks and programmes to help people living with HIV, their families, loved ones and significant others, and their social networks and communities, navigate the emotional and practical aspects of living with HIV.
- Fund and improve education
Better education and funding from government, public and private sectors should be provided to communicate the facts about HIV and promote the use of inclusive language, whether in the workplace, faith settings, youth centres, refugee camps or other community-based settings.
What can be done:
- Workshops and training to build skills and leadership
- Promote inclusive language in the community and public space
- Provide career development opportunities.
- Provide tools to effectively address self and interpersonal stigma. Example: Name It, Claim It, Stop It.3
- The Positive Perspectives Survey Report. 2017. Available at: https://edgesuite.gskstatic.com/Viiv/viivhealthcare/pdf_files/master/main/positive-perspectives-survey-report-finalcompressed.pdf. Last accessed: January 2021
- Exploring HIV Stigma Infographics, ViiV Healthcare. Available at https://viiv-healthcare-com.preview-cf65.gskinternet.com/content/dam/cf-viiv/viivhealthcare/master/files/Exploring-HIV-stigma-infographics-viiv-healthcare.pdf Last accessed February 2021
- Name It, Claim It. Stop It Developed by Kevin Berrill, former director of Anti-Violence Project of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and Daryl Cummings-Wilson.