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Measuring HIV Stigma and Discrimination Among Health Facility Staff
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Author(s): Laura Nyblade

Primary Language: English

Date: 4/5/2013


For people living with and affected by HIV, stigma and discrimination within health facilities are serious barriers to healthcare access and engagement. Researchers have documented numerous instances worldwide of people living with HIV receiving substandard care or being deterred from seeking care. Although progress has been made in training and other interventions to reduce HIV-related stigma in healthcare facilities, these programs have not been institutionalized as routine practice or implemented on a large scale. Moreover, the tools for measuring stigma tend to be lengthy and time-consuming to administer, thus infeasible for use in facilities.

To address these issues, an international team of researchers developed and piloted a brief, globally standardized questionnaire for measuring stigma and discrimination in health facilities. This tool can help facilitate routine monitoring of HIV-related stigma as well as the expansion and improvement of programming and policies at the health-facility level.

Based on the pilot's findings, two final questionnaires are now available: a brief version for program evaluation and a comprehensive version for research purposes. Each questionnaire can be used for high-prevalence or low-prevalence settings.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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