Australia’s National HIV Strategy contains a clear objective to “eliminate stigma and discrimination in community and healthcare settings and empower priority populations”. Despite this, there is currently no system in place to assess and monitor experiences of stigma among people living with blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Last year, the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW Australia received Government funding to monitor stigma and discrimination among people living with BBVs and STIs. As part of the project, the CSRH has developed a survey to be conducted among people living with HIV.
The CSRH hopes to use the information to benefit other people who are living with HIV. In particular, the findings of the study will help inform the national Government strategy addressing HIV in the future. They may also be used by the Australian Government to develop programs to help reduce the stigma commonly experienced by people living with HIV.
In the first instance, the findings of the survey of people living with HIV will be disseminated via a final report submitted to the Department of Health. Findings may also be disseminated in peer-reviewed journal articles and at conferences.
All people living with HIV are invited to have their say about stigma and discrimination. To take part, access the short, online survey here.