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  1. Siyam'kela measuring HIV/AIDS related stigma. Tackling HIV/AIDS stigma: Guidelines for faith-based organisations

    The purpose of these guidelines is: to share the findings of the Siyam'kela study in a user-friendly way; to increase responsiveness amongst faith leaders and opinion leaders regarding the importance of creating accepting environments to reduce HIV/AIDS stigma; to provide recommendations on how to develop an HIV/AIDS-supportive environment.

  2. Siyam'kela measuring HIV/AIDS related stigma. Tackling HIV/AIDS stigma: Guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS who interact with the media

    It is very important to address HIV/AIDS stigma in order to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and to address prevention effectively. Powerful negative metaphors related to HIV/AIDS reinforce stigma and create a sense of otherness. Othering occurs when blame and shame are assigned to people living with HIV/AIDS. This sets a moral tone that contributes towards people conceptualising PLHAs as different, and guides thinking toward a "them" and "us" division. …

  3. Siyam'kela measuring HIV/AIDS related stigma. Tackling HIV/AIDS stigma: guidelines for the workplace

    Because stigma has an impact on prevention and care it is important to address it directly. However stigma-mitigation practice has not been well informed by theory and research. An urgent need was identified for indicators of stigma, which can be used to develop interventions and measure their success. …

  4. Tackling HIV/AIDS Stigma: Guidelines for the workplace

    These guidelines were developed to provide people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), HIV/AIDS co-ordinators and managers within a workplace setting with practical and user-friendly recommendations on how to create a HIV/AIDS-friendly environment in an appropriate and effective manner. Although the research was conducted in a government workplace, it is believed that many of the recommendations are relevant in other workplace settings. Additional sets of guidelines are available for the faith and PLHA sectors. …

  5. Tackling HIV/AIDS Stigma: Guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS who interact with the media

    These guidelines were developed to provide leaders of PLHA organisations with user-friendly recommendations on training for PLHAs, to strengthen their media advocacy roles in HIV/AIDS stigma-mitigation. Additional sets of guidelines are available for the faith and national government workplace sectors. …

  6. Tackling HIV/AIDS Stigma: Guidelines for faith-based organisations

    These guidelines were developed to provide faith leaders, HIVAIDS committees,people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in the faith community and opinion leaders within the faith-based sector with practical and user-friendly recommendations on how to create an environment free of HIV/AIDS stigma. Additional guidelines for PLHAs and media, and the national government workplace sector, are also available. The guidelines are not exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with other guideline Siyam'kela documents produced on HIV/AIDS and stigma.

  7. Promising Practice of Stigma-mitigation Efforts from across South Africa. Reflections from: faith-based organisations, the workplace and people living with HIV/AIDS who interact with the media

    Promising practices from the three focus areas have a crucial role to play in offering leadership, vision, direction and inspiration in stigma mitigation. Faith-based organisations are important institutions in shaping values and attitudes to vulnerable people in society as well as developing appropriate and compassionate responses to social challenges. Government departments, both as employers of large numbers of South Africans and as providers of services to the population at large, are able to model exemplary policies and programmes around HIV/AIDS stigma. …

  8. Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS: looking beyond awareness

    This VSO Experience in Focus publication shares lessons from the early stages of VSO's experience of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS as part of the Regional AIDS Initiative of Southern Africa, RAISA. As the AIDS pandemic evolves, people are learning about appropriate responses. …

  9. HIV/AIDS Stigma Resource Pack

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health problem in which the disease impacts not only on the physical health of individuals, but also on their social identity, making it different from most other fatal diseases. It was first associated with gay men, drug users and sex workers, individuals and groups already carrying the burden of societal stigmatisation. This created conditions to further marginalise and violate rights, and most importantly, to create perceptions that HIV/AIDS was a problem of 'others'. In South Africa this had a further racial dimension. …

  10. Siyam'kela measuring HIV/AIDS related stigma. HIV/AIDS stigma indicators: A tool for measuring the progress of HIV/AIDS stigma mitigation

    This document outlines proposed indicators of HIV/AIDS stigma, specifically focussing on internal and external stigma. Before the indicators are presented some key terms are defined. This is followed by an overview of the research approach which highlights the research process undertaken to develop these indicators.The Siyam'kela Project is a joint endeavour of the POLICY Project, the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Chief Directorate: HIV/AIDS and TB, National Department of Health. …

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