Stigma-Free Healthcare

Clinicians, HIV advocates, and people living with HIV used evidence-based research to develop anti-stigma guidelines for health care settings on 3 specific levels:

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Individual Level

Every person and every interaction has the power to reinforce or refute the HIV stigma.

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Work-Culture Level

Health care leaders must lead by example and establish an anti-stigma culture from the operating room to the boardroom.

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Organizational Level

To see true procedural and systemic change, we must push for long-term shifts at the organizational level.

Download our full anti-stigma guidelines to learn more about how to create a stigma-free workplace.

Stigma-Free Workplace

Transforming the culture of your organization or workplace requires procedural and structural changes to typical practices.

Start at the Top and Keep Everyone Accountable

Lead by example. Good team leaders and employees use a people-first non-stigmatizing approach to create a stigma-free workplace. If you notice a leader or colleague using stigmatizing language or actions, speak up. Create a culture of accountability to keep things positive and judgment-free.

Names and Pronouns Matter

All people should be treated with respect in their workplace. Asking and using a person's correct pronouns and names can go a long way to creating an inclusive work environment.

Implement Stigma-Free Training Sessions

Many stigmatizing behaviors stem from fear or knowledge gaps. Judgment-free annual training should be put in place to address the impact of the HIV stigma in the workplace.


HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

While there is currently no cure, with proper care, HIV can be controlled. People with HIV can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.

HIV stigma refers to negative attitudes, behaviors, and judgments towards people living with or at risk of HIV.

HIV Stigma discourages some individuals from learning their HIV status, accessing treatment, or staying in care. HIV stigma also affects those at risk of HIV by discouraging them from seeking HIV prevention care and testing, or from talking openly with their sex partners about safer sex practices.

Get Involved

Reach Out to Local HIV Organizations

HIV service organziations can always use a lending hand with onsite or mobile testing events, fundraising activities, professional services, and administrative support. Reach out to see how you can get involved.

Get Involved in HIV Awareness Days

There are several HIV awareness related holidays throughout the year. Use these days as opportunities to raise awareness and encourage people to get tested or seek care.

Learn & Stay Up to Date

Checkout the latest webinars, conferences, social media channels, and events to learn about the latest tools and resources in HIV prevention, care, and treatment.


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