Reduction of HIV-related stigma and discrimination [Guidance note]

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)


To assist countries in addressing aspects of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in national AIDS responses through political initiatives and efforts to strengthen the legal and policy environment; empowering people living with HIV and other key populations to challenge stigma and discrimination; and, most importantly, costing, budgeting, implementing, monitoring and evaluating sufficient programmes aimed at eliminating stigma and discrimination within national AIDS responses, including through the concept note development processes for submission to the Global Fund.

Type of Document:
Guidance Note containing background; key elements for national AIDS responses and programming; information on focus populations; data requirements; implementation challenges; main activities; key indicators; approaches to costing; and information on addressing gender, human rights and equity issues.

Audience Intended:
Policy makers and programme managers attempting to address stigma and discrimination in national AIDS responses; civil society, including community-based organizations.

Populations Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination:
PLHIV and other key populations (in most settings, men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and sex workers, but not limited).

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Both – most often combined (stigma and discrimination) but, each given separate discussion, particularly in structural section.

Assess and/or Address:

Guidance note–part of resource kit for high impact programming, and designed to assist countries. Provides some context and questions that should be considered at several levels, and critically, some concise guidelines related to implementation of programming itself. In this sense, may be used to improve programming and tools.

Part of “resource kit for high-impact programming”.

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