Talking Points: The Resource Guide for Facilitating Stigma Conversations

Talking Points: The Resource Guide for Facilitating Stigma Conversations
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HIV stigma includes negative attitudes and beliefs about people with HIV. It is the prejudice that comes with labeling an individual as part of a group that is believed to be socially unacceptable. HIV discrimination is the act of treating people with HIV differently than those without HIV.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stigma Conversation Resource Guide

Research has shown how providers with limited stigma reduction education were more likely to exhibit stigmatizing behaviors toward patients.

To accelerate the end of the HIV epidemic, both within the United States and globally, NASTAD recognizes that conversations about HIV stigma must be at the forefront of our work. This microsite includes videos, tools and tips on how to implement your own Stigma Conversation. 

HIV stigma and discrimination can influence healthcare utilization, provision of clinical care, delays in HIV testing, perpetuate health disparities, and subsequently negatively affect broad health outcomes, especially for populations that have been disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. NASTAD encourages health departments to engage with stakeholders working in HIV prevention, care, and treatment (as well as other social service entities) to facilitate conversations around stigma and discrimination and develop action plans that center the voices of those most affected by HIV.

How to Use the Resource Guide

NASTAD is using the term “Stigma Conversation” to reference any sort of meeting, discussion, or training that health departments and communities may want to do to reduce HIV stigma in their response. 

This resource guide includes videos, tools and tips on how to implement conversations around stigma both internally within health departments and with communities we serve.

It includes information on:

While we provide tools and resources to have such conversations, each health department will need to develop their own Stigma Conversation due to the specific organizational and community needs of their jurisdiction.

NASTAD staff remain committed to supporting health departments in the development and implementation of their Stigma Conversations. For additional questions or help on implementing the tools, contact Andrew Zapfel, Manager, Health Equity at azapfel@nastad.org.