Development of a brief indicator of stigma among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections in Australia

Stream: Stigma 1
Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016
Time: 1.45 pm – 3.00 pm

Abstract

Introduction and Background: Stigma is recognised as having a major impact on psychosocial outcomes among people living with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections. Each of the five Australian national strategies addressing HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections contains a clear objective to eliminate the negative impact of stigma, discrimination, and legal and human rights issues on people’s health. Despite this, there is currently no system in place to assess and monitor experiences of stigma among people with blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections to feed back to these strategies.

Descriptions of argument: In this presentation we will outline the protocol for the development of a preliminary stigma indicator for priority groups identified in the national strategies. This important project was funded in 2015 by the Australian Government Department of Health and is being conducted by the Centre for Social Research in Health.

Conclusions: This is the first study to attempt to develop a brief indicator of stigma for inclusion in routine data collection systems. It is hoped that the indicator will allow monitoring of changes of stigma over time in multiple priority populations, in addition to assessing the association of stigma with a range of health outcomes.

Authors

Elena Cama (Presenter), Centre for Social Research in Health
Elena Cama is a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Research in Health.

Loren Brener, Centre for Social Research in Health
Dr Loren Brener is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health.

Max Hopwood, Centre for Social Research in Health
Dr Max Hopwood is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health.

Carla Treloar, Centre for Social Research in Health
Professor Carla Treloar is Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health.

John de Wit, Centre for Social Research in Health
Professor John de Wit is Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health.