Reducing HIV Stigma and Discrimination: A Critical Part of National AIDS Programmes

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UNAIDS
Date of Publication
2007

This document presents strategies, program examples and research findings concerning how governments, the UN system, donors and civil society can make the reduction of HIV-related stigma and discrimination central in the national response to AIDS.

Development partners – as they support national authorities and civil society partners in scaling up toward universal access – can inspire greater political, financial and programmatic commitment to address stigma and discrimination in national AIDS responses. UNAIDS and United Nations Joint Teams on AIDS can work with national authorities to ensure that national strategic plans for achieving universal access address the multiple ways that stigma and discrimination hinder HIV prevention, testing and counselling, care, support and treatment. Most importantly, government leaders and national AIDS authorities can make the reduction of stigma and discrimination a key pillar of national AIDS strategies and programs both to protect those affected and to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV.

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