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HIV-related stigma and discrimination

There have been many medical advances in the 30 years since HIV was first identified, but stigma remains the biggest barrier to people around the world accessing life-saving treatment.

Christian Aid and Magnum Photos created a series of thought-provoking audio-photographic slideshows for World AIDS Day - Stigma Under the Lens.

Stigma Under the Lens was shortlisted in the new media category of the One World Media Awards 2012.

The galleries tell the stories of brave people around the world who are living with HIV under the shadow of stigma.

They examine how stigma manifests itself in everyday life, and go some way to explaining why thousands of people would rather not know their status than face discrimination at home, in their community, at work and within their faith.  

Watch, hear and explore testimonies of discrimination by friends, family and society at large in Kenya, Bolivia, Tajikistan, India and right here in the UK.

Stigma Under the Lens slideshows >

More about HIV-related stigma

Find out how Christian Aid and our partners are challenging HIV-related discriminaton around the world.


Countries and partners featured in Stigma Under the Lens

Timur, living with HIV in Tajikistan

Christian Aid works with people affected by HIV around the world. Find out more about the partners and countries featured in our World AIDS Day 2011 Stigma Under the Lens galleries.

HIV partners

Jamaica: fighting HIV stigma in church

Reverend Stephen Henry stands in his church

Homophobia and ignorance about HIV mean that stigma and discrimination continue to hinder prevention and treatment.

Stigma in church

Faith leaders challenge HIV stigma and discrimination

Sudan faith leader talks about HIV stigma

High levels of stigma are a barrier to an effective response to HIV, discouraging people from getting tested and preventing open discussion about the virus.

HIV and faith leaders


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