Fight Stigma to End AIDS- New Research and Event

Article Date

26 November 2013

Media Contact

Anne McPherson

Vice President, Global Communications email [email protected]

As World AIDS Day approaches on December 1, the Stigma Action Network (SAN) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) will host a special event that will showcase a new supplement of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS)- “Global Action to Reduce HIV Stigma and Discrimination,” which documents effective approaches to reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

HIV-related stigma and discrimination continue to endanger the lives of people around the world and greatly undermine HIV prevention, care and treatment efforts. Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination is critical to the success of global efforts to scale-up biomedical prevention efforts and achieve an AIDS-free generation. In their introductory editorial to the supplement, co-guest editors, Anne Stangl, Senior Behavioral Scientist at ICRW & SAN Secretariat Director, and Cynthia Grossman, HIV Care Engagement and Secondary Prevention Program, National Institutes of Mental Health, discuss current efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination, gaps in research and measurement and global priorities for the field moving forward with a goal to create effective stigma-reduction programs and policies.

The SAN and ICRW will celebrate the launch of the new supplement of the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) on Friday, December 6, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at ICRW Headquarters. The event will include panel discussions with eight authors of featured articles, as well as with representatives from UNAIDS, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and Open Society Foundations (OSF), who will be discussing this timely and significant compilation. The publication of this supplement was supported by UNAIDS, NIMH, and the STRIVE Research Programme Consortium funded by UKaid from the Department of International Development. 

To attend in person or connect remotely, please RSVP to [email protected] by December 5th. 

Additionally, Anne Stangl will participate in the 2013 AIDS Philanthropy Summit in an interactive session led by Stigma Action Network (SAN), ViiV Healthcare, and IAS, to showcase this new research- discuss challenges posed by HIV stigma and discrimination, and efforts the SAN is leading to overcome them. The session will explore existing evidence on HIV stigma reduction, the intersecting stigmas faced by young women, older people living with HIV, men who have sex with men, and drug users, and how the SAN is responding to facilitate global stigma reduction efforts around these key populations. View the complete agenda here.