REACH is working to end the stigma that continues to surround HIV and sustains barriers to equitable care and treatment across Canada.
Research shows that HIV stigma is rooted in fear, created and sustained by misinformation, misunderstanding and myth. Ultimately the stigma surrounding HIV blocks access to testing, treatment and support, and increases the likelihood of HIV transmission. Reducing stigma and interrupting systemic barriers and health inequities will not be possible without ensuring the autonomy, self-determination and meaningful engagement of the individuals and communities most impacted by HIV.
We continue to identify population-specific health inequities and to implement and evaluate strategies that are grounded in a social justice and human rights approach to significantly reduce them and ensure health equity across all populations affected by HIV in Canada.
News + Insights
Ontario HIV Stigma Index team publishes BMC paper on the health impacts of internalized HIV stigma and depression
Paper’s findings are a valuable contribution to the literature on HIV stigma
Opening the Curtain on Stigma: Tackling the “isms” Collectively Event
Building relationships and opening minds to change