The 2002 and 2003 World AIDS Campaigns were the first to focus on HIV-related stigma, discrimination and human rights, in recognition of the damaging consequences of the epidemic on individuals, households, families and communities.
As a senior adviser to UNAIDS, Peter Aggleton (together with Miriam Maluwa and Richard Parker) developed the rationale behind the campaign and the conceptual framework on which it was based. Their joint work stressed HIV-related stigma as a process, deeply rooted in class, gender, sexual, ethnoracial and age-related inequalities. Since then, there can be few HIV organisations that have not engaged with stigma as part of their work. Yet many still fail to appreciate the deep-seated origins of HIV-related stigma, seeing the answer as lying simply in
changing attitudes, increasing tolerance and promoting better understanding.
Just how far we have come in our efforts to tackle stigma and discrimination? And what diversions and confusions have arisen along the way?
There is some advance reading, which it will be helpful to complete before the seminar. Please contact Max Hopwood at CSRH for details.
Peter Aggleton is Professor of Education and Health within the Centre for Social Research in Health. He has global experience researching the social aspects of HIV-related prevention, treatment and care—working with bilateral and UN system agencies to strengthen institutional responses to HIV. His special interests lie in the way in which HIV and sexuality sit within the broader field of politics, national and international development, education and sexual health.