APPOINTMENT OF A CONSULTANT TO TRAIN AND PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE IMPLEMENTING PARTNER ORGANISATIONS (IPOs) IN FOUR DISTRICTS (2 IN EASTERN CAPE AND 2 IN MPUMALANGA) TO IMPLEMENT THE STIGMA REDUCTION PROGRAMME
Addressing stigma and discrimination is an exceedingly important aspect of mitigating the effects of HIV. Stigma and discrimination is not only harmful for PLHIV and their families, but also leads to undesirable health behaviours that may aid the spread of HIV. Individuals who do not disclose their HIV status and do not seek treatment may be more likely to pass the infection to others. Furthermore, stigma and discrimination dissuade any potentially-exposed individuals from accessing testing. On the whole, these effects limit the success of any HIV intervention in both treatment and prevention.
Stigma and discrimination towards PLHIV manifests itself in two main ways. In the first instance, external stigma (enacted by others) includes acts of prejudice and discrimination towards those with the stigmatized identity. Secondly, internal stigma or self-stigma refers to the assimilation and internalization of the socially constructed views of AIDS held by HIV infected persons. Moreover, even with the advent of long-term treatment for HIV in terms of antiretroviral treatment (ART), many PLHIV still do not disclose their HIV positive status to family, friends and sex partners for fear of discrimination, victimization and rejection.
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