HIV stigma, resilience and flourishing

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15 Feb 2018

HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain a persistent challenge to the stated aims of the current Australian HIV strategy. Developing understandings of resilience is a significant opportunity to response to the seemingly intractable nature of stigma and as such has caused NAPWHA to focus upon this intersection of stigma and resilience as a topic for a discussion paper.

While the predominate focus of this paper is on HIV-related stigma and its negative impact on the psychological resilience of people living with HIV (PLHIV) it will also articulate other compounding factors affecting HIV stigma and resilience as well as introduce the concept of positive mental health and how an individual can thrive or flourish even in the presence of HIV stigma.

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