2019 National Summit on HIV Stigma

March 18th, 2019


NASTAD, a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. and around the world, has been working to address HIV stigma since 2011. The organization released “Addressing Stigma,” in May 2014 and it became one of NASTAD’s most enduring resources. The toolkit introduced “The Bar Before the Bars” and encouraged health departments to think innovatively about addressing HIV stigma across its programs. 


As a continuation of its efforts, NASTAD is convening a National Summit on HIV Stigma. The consultation will be structured so that health department staffers, federal partners, and community stakeholders can explore innovative ways to address stigma in the context of the shifting HIV prevention landscape. The summit will specifically look to address these six aspects: implicit bias; resources and messaging; internalized stigma; evaluating stigma reduction; intersectionality and race; and HIV criminalization.

The summit is free, but registration will be required on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will open to health departments on January 22; registration for non-health department participants will open February 4. The agenda for the summit will be released once registration opens.


The National Summit on HIV Stigma will take place at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, located in Atlanta, GA.


Monday, March 18, 2019. The summit will be organized into two sessions (Morning and Afternoon). Each session will be three hours, and participants will be able to register for the session that most interests them. 


HIV stigma, and its many intersecting issues, continues to create barriers to health departments trying to develop modernized HIV prevention and treatment programs. Many of these health departments have reached out to NASTAD for technical assistance on how to better address stigma. This summit is one piece of NASTAD’s ongoing effort to enhance the dialogue on this subject among health departments, subject matter experts, federal partners and stakeholders.

For questions about the National Summit on HIV Stigma, please contact Isaiah Webster.