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Stigma: survey of people living with HIV | Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia –2022 progress report


HIV-related stigma and discrimination remain major barriers to accessing HIV services for people living with HIV worldwide. In this context, stigma can be understood as the negative perception of people living with HIV based solely on their HIV status. 

To improve the understanding of experienced HIV stigma in the community, ECDC — in collaboration with the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and AIDS Action Europe (AAE) — initiated an exploratory survey in 2021 to measure HIV-related stigma across Europe and Central Asia. The objective of this survey was to examine the experience of HIV-related stigma in the region and to establish a benchmark measure of perceived and experienced HIV-related stigma among the most affected communities in order to assess progress toward the UNAIDS target of zero discrimination by 2030. 

The finding of the survey are presented in this report. 

  • WHO European region
  • Social issues
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Gay men and other MSM
  • Men having sex with men (MSM)
  • Migrants
  • People living with HIV (PLHIV)

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