Zero Stigma and Discrimination by 2020: Stigma Assessment of People Living with HIV in Sri Lanka - 2017

No. of pages: 89

Publication date: December 2017

Author: National STD/AIDS Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, UNFPA Sri Lanka

Publisher: National STD/AIDS Control Programme

ISBN: 978-955-4821-15-6

Sri Lanka is experiencing a low level of HIV epidemic, with a prevalence of less than 5% in any defined key affected population, and less than 1% of the general population. Stigma and discrimination are among the foremost barriers to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. This undermines HIV prevention efforts by making people afraid to seek HIV information, services and modalities to reduce their risk of infection and to adopt safer behaviours. Second Stigma assessment of people living with HIV in Sri Lanka – 2017 was carried out to assess the stigma among people living with HIV in Sri Lanka.