Living with HIV

Disclosure

Telling others about HIV or acknowledging it can be daunting and people who answered the Positive Perspective survey confirmed that stigma, whether it is from others or subconsciously self-imposed, can be a challenge. The Positive Perspectives survey asked people living with HIV (PLHIV) about different experiences they have faced with stigma and their thoughts on what could be done to minimise its impact.

Self-stigma was a dominant feature within the results of the survey, where it was defined as when an individual starts feeling frustrated, angry, experiencing low self-esteem and/or lack of confidence in their future.

Here are insights into people’s experience of stigma and self-stigma and their ideas on what can be done to minimise this.

1 Find out how the PLHIV in the Positive Perspective survey (n=1085) have experienced stigma and how they believe it can be reduced 1

In the last 12 months …

27%

of participants have experienced the impact of self-stigma quite or very often

How can we prevent stigma for PLHIV?

64%

of participants believed that better education of the general public can reduce feelings of stigm

  • 2 See below how this 27% (n=289) of PLHIV that have been impacted by self-stigma, differs by region, gender, age and sexual orientation:
  • 2 See below how this 64% (n=691) of PLHIV that believe that better education of the general public can reduce feelings of stigmatisation, differs by region, gender, age and sexual orientation:

Region

Age

Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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References:

  1. Murungi A, et al. Experience of living with HIV: Diagnosis & Disclosure – findings from the Positive Perspectives study. Presented at the IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017), 23‑26 July 2017, Paris, France. Abstract: WEPED1423

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