Symposium on HIV reducing stigma and discrimination for empowerment

Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce that the Symposium on Reducing HIV Stigma and Discrimination for Empowerment is scheduled to take place in the afternoon of the 29th June 2019 in Hong Kong, right after APACC 2019. The program is in collaboration with IAPAC and a part of the IAPAC Fast track cities program.

Recent reports and surveys have shown that stigma and discrimination still present major problems for people living with HIV. This has negative impact on individual’s daily lives and health, but also can have serious negative impact on the public HIV response, treatment and prevention. There are great differences among countries, but in the Asia-Pacific region especially key populations still face stigma and discrimination and therefore access to prevention. To get to an overall stronger HIV response, there is an urgent need to address these issues. Eliminating stigma and discrimination associated with HIV is one of the main goals of the Fast-Track Cities Initiative, as it presents a barrier to good health care and accessing services, and therefore a barrier to the elimination of HIV.

In order to help cities and communities achieve the 90-90-90 goals quicker and sustainably, and to empower and encourage them, it will be of immense help to establish an educational platform that will provide the necessary tools and knowledge to fight stigma and discrimination. With this 0.5-day educational symposium about lessons learned from the Fast Track Cities Initiative and strategies to fight stigma and discrimination in the Asia Pacific region. The setting will be informal and offer opportunities to discuss and share experiences relevant in particular to the local and regional settings. The objectives of this meeting are to:

  • Highlight the issues of stigma and discrimination in different settings and from different perspectives
  • Summarize key strategies for the elimination of stigma and discrimination
  • Strengthen the HIV care cascade in the Asian region, focusing on local solutions to fight stigma and discrimination

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium.

Program chair