APPOINTMENT OF IMPLEMENTING PARTNER ORGANISATIONS IN THE EASTERN CAPE FOR THE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION REDUCTION PROGRAMME
The South African National Strategic Plan of HIV, STI’s and TB 2012-2016 aims to address and ascertain the levels of stigma in South Africa. This objective will be best served when the rights of those living with HIV, STIs and/or TB are respected, protected and promoted.
Addressing stigma and discrimination is an exceedingly important aspect of mitigating the effects of HIV and TB. Stigma and discrimination is not only harmful for PLHIV and/or TB and their families, but also leads to undesirable health behaviours that may aid the spread. Individuals who do not disclose their status and do not seek treatment may be more likely to pass the infection to others, default on treatment and be prone to substance abuse and other risky behaviours. Furthermore, stigma and discrimination dissuade any potentially exposed individuals from accessing testing. Overall, these effects limit the success of any HIV and TB intervention in both treatment, prevention and care
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