Laurel Sprague is the regional coordinator of the North American affiliate of the and is herself living with HIV. She has provided technical assistance globally on the development and implementation of the Stigma Index. Furthermore, she teaches in the Department of Political Science at
She’s a great advocate and has extensive expertise in survey research.
SAN: For readers who aren't familiar with it, what is the PLHIV Stigma Index?
SAN: How did the People Living With HIV Stigma Index get started?
SAN: How does the Index work? How are you using it to measure stigma?
SAN: Where has the Stigma Index been rolled out so far?
SAN: How successful has the S.I. been so far?
The other way I would categorize success would be by looking at what the advocacy outcomes have been and the self-empowerment for the people living with HIV. For example, when the Estonia Network for people living with HIV looked at their research results, one of the areas that they saw was a huge issue was the effects of HIV on employment discrimination. They initiated a project to educate employers in
and to encourage them, first,
to not discriminate based on HIV status and, second, to openly recruit people
living with HIV for positions. They were successful
in creating a network of employers who have committed to non-discrimination and
who post publicly within their buildings that they do not discriminate against people
living with HIV. Estonia
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*Please note that the North American Region in this context is considered to only include the USA and Canada