Stigma is pervasive and impacts whether or not people access HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Some barriers to accessing services:
- Fear of a positive HIV status
- Stigma from the community
- Rejection from family, friends, partners, etc.
- Stigma from medical providers
- Lack of insurance
- Financial Challenges
- Lack of transportation
What providers can do:
- Provide a welcoming environment free from stigma and discrimination
- Organize diversity training for all staff that includes basic HIV information
- Take comprehensive sexual risk histories from all patients/clients
- Learn about PrEP and PEP including how to assess patients/clients for each and develop a mechanism for provision of service or referral for service
- Follow best practices for medical care of PLWH
- Adhere to most recent medical protocols
- All providers of HIV services (prevention, care and treatment) create a more coordinated service continuum
U = U
U=U means Undetectable is Untransmittable. It is an anti-stigma campaign that supports HIV prevention and treatment in that if a person is undetectable, science confirms that they cannot pass the virus.