The Red Centroamericana de Personas con vih (REDCA+) conducted a study on the index of stigma associated with HIV and/or AIDS. In addition, Fundación LLAVES, along with members of Alianza Interinstitucional, implemented this same research in 17 Honduran cities with the highest HIV prevalence.
Sergio Montealegre, representative of REDCA+, and Rosa González, Director of Fundación LLAVES in Honduras carried out a presentation of the results, and highlighted some of those who represent greater impact in the lives of people with HIV.
47% of respondents indicated that their religious leaders knew about their HIV status. “53% has decided not to share their HIV status due to fear of being rejected inside their communities”. Said Montealegre.
Of those who decided to share their HIV diagnosis, 38% received very supportive reactions, while 10% was neutral; in about half of the cases, the reactions were positive; however, it still remains hard to reveal a positive HIV diagnosis.
One of the results more emphasized during the presentation was that 14% of respondents have had suicidal thoughts. “(…) we see again suicidal feelings due to gossip. Respondents expressed to reject themselves due to things they’ve heard in the hallways”, said the representative of REDCA+. Also, he commented that this data is of utmost importance, since some actions must be focused in that fact, by creating alliances with religious leaders and other community actors, so that they have greater involvement in the response to HIV.
On the other hand, 65% of female respondents reported having received counseling about sexual and reproductive health after their diagnosis. More than one-third of those who received this counseling, mentioned that their doctors advised them not to have more children. This result is more significant in rural areas, where 82% of female respondents were advised about not having children.
This report is the result of a group of organizations: Federación Internacional de Planificación de la Familia (IPPF), UNAIDS, Red Global de Personas con vih y/o sida (GNP+), and the International Community of Women with HIV.
In Honduras, this initiative has been carried out by the REDCA +, and it was funded jointly by UNAIDS, UNDP, and DIAKONIA. The implementation of the study was conducted by Fundación LLAVES, along with Alianza Interinstitucional in Honduras.
The index of stigma in people with HIV in Honduras is the beginning of a statistical study. At the moment, the report has given some recommendations regarding actions to follow.
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