Stigma Reduction Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Future

Lancet Global Health: Tackling stigma: fundamental to an AIDS-free future
Julie Pulerwitz, director of social and operational research, HIV/AIDS at the Population Council, and John Bongaarts, vice president of the Population Council

“The achievement of an AIDS-free future will surely be a priority discussion topic at the upcoming International AIDS Society conference in Melbourne, Australia. … It is hard to envision that significant progress will continue to be made in HIV prevention efforts with key populations without a prioritization of stigma reduction and the allocation of adequate funding for behavioral and social change. The importance of tackling stigma has long been recognized, and now is the time to put stigma reduction at the forefront of programmatic responses” (June 2014).