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Published on December 31, 2007

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Recognizing and Responding to HIV-Related Stigma :  Recognizing and Responding to HIV-Related Stigma Tim Vincent, MFT California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center Goals:  Goals To offer recommendations on how to address stigma in training engagements To define and describe stigma, and HIV-related stigma To offer recommendations on how to assess HIV-related stigma with patients To present strategies to respond to stigma on institutional and community levels in order to improve service delivery Then and Now:  Then and Now HIV-related stigma is not as prevalent now as it was 20 years ago. Agree Disagree How Has Stigma Changed:  How Has Stigma Changed Research on prevailing attitudes Acute to chronic model Depends on the population group and other layers of stigma operating Focus was not on the recipients of the stigma Slide5:  How important is it to you to focus on addressing stigma? 4-Extremely 3-Significant 2-Somewhat 1-Not at all relevant Slide6:  How does stigma impact your work with the AETC? Recommendations For Faculty::  Recommendations For Faculty: Instruction in the manifestations of stigma Instruction in how to assess impact of stigma on patient care and quality of life Instruction to increase provider awareness of their own bias and the potential to stigmatize patients I. Manifestations of Stigma:  I. Manifestations of Stigma Defining Stigma:  Defining Stigma A powerful discrediting social label that radically changes the way an individual views themselves and are viewed as persons. People who are stigmatized are usually considered deviant or shameful, and as a result are shunned, discredited, rejected or penalized. Stigma Can Happen Due To::  Stigma Can Happen Due To: Who someone is (Identity) What he or she has done (Behavior) Something that may not be accurate or current (Perception) Someone Can Be Stigmatized As A Result Of::  Someone Can Be Stigmatized As A Result Of: Racism Homophobia HIV Status Drug Use Social and Economic Status Cultural Stereotypes Sexual Orientation Mental Health Diagnosis Gender Identity Immigration Status Age Disability Different Levels Of Impact:  Different Levels Of Impact Intrapersonal Interpersonal Institutional Community/Cultural Stigma can intensify if someone has a disease or condition which is::  Stigma can intensify if someone has a disease or condition which is: life-threatening contagious associated with behavior associated with moral fault visible Impact Of Stigma On Patients:  Impact Of Stigma On Patients Overall quality of life Ability to access services Ability to communicate effectively with provider Ability to succeed with treatment Ability to make choices about potential risks Responding To Hiv-related Stigma:  Responding To Hiv-related Stigma People develop or use coping strategies that can be effective or dysfunctional The coping mechanism may work to alleviate the stress of the stigma. It may or may not create other problems. II. Assessing the Impact of Stigma:  II. Assessing the Impact of Stigma Slide17:  Stigma as a lens to: assess understand diagnose respond to presenting problems When Assessing the Impact of Stigma:  When Assessing the Impact of Stigma Establish rapport Consider whether stigma may impact behavior Decide if it is okay just to ask Ask if things were different historically Ask about coping strategies Care and Treatment Concerns:  Care and Treatment Concerns How do you feel your status affects your ability to get good care services? How do you feel you have been treated at this clinic? Do you feel comfortable getting your medications at the pharmacy? Do you feel the need to hide your medications? How do you manage this? The Potential Impact On Behavior:  The Potential Impact On Behavior In what ways might your behavior change if you sense that you will be judged for having HIV? Many people feel that they are treated differently as a result of having HIV, what has been your experience? Have you ever used drugs or alcohol to cope with feeling judged or mistreated for having HIV? What challenges you in having a healthy sexual life? Questions Generated From Providers:  Questions Generated From Providers Do you have any problems taking your meds? Do you have any problems with this clinic? In general, what works and what doesn’t work for you? How has your view of yourself changed since your diagnosis? Is it okay to call you at home and identify myself? Do you ever feel excluded from activities because of your HIV status? Do you exclude yourself? Increasing Sensitivity of Providers:  Increasing Sensitivity of Providers Client/Provider Relationship Concerns:  Client/Provider Relationship Concerns The natural development of a relationship may be impaired by a patient’s experience The ability to be genuine, demonstrate empathy and respect may be challenged by the client’s presentation Stigma Impacting Your Work:  Stigma Impacting Your Work “You have to peel thru layers of defense mechanisms to get to the core of their true selves. With rapport and trust built across time, they do open up eventually. They open up sooner if they perceive that the provider is genuine, trust worthy and non-judgmental” Felt and Enacted Stigma:  Felt and Enacted Stigma Felt stigma refers to how someone may anticipate the discrimination and the shameful feelings associated with it. Enacted stigma is the actual experiences of the discrimination. Suggestions To Increase Self-awareness:  Suggestions To Increase Self-awareness Experiential exercises with a clear purpose Education in the cyclical dynamics of stigma Emphasize the impact on patient/provider relationship Institutional and Community Levels :  Institutional and Community Levels Approaches Beyond The Individual Level :  Approaches Beyond The Individual Level Access for the clients in creative ways Community education Linkages to agencies that serve clients Consistency of care providers HIV advocacy/activism Not putting HIV out on the spotlight NAPWA Recommendations:  NAPWA Recommendations Provide knowledge and education Provide contact with stigmatized people Develop coping mechanisms Legal and regulatory responses Provide care and treatment Challenging the social acceptability Faculty Implications:  Faculty Implications How does the topic currently get addressed in the trainings? Is there something that you would like to change or create in the trainings? What happens when a participant displays a stigmatizing attitude toward a patient? Then and Now:  Then and Now Stigma is a vital and evolving concern You are the experts in moving the thought process forward Closing Quote::  Closing Quote: Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin References: :  References: NAPWA Facts At-A –Glance: HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination How does stigma affect HIV prevention and treatment, CAPS Fact Sheet Stigma and Discrimination: Definitions and Concepts, Canadian AIDS Society Internalized Stigma Among People with HIV-AIDS, AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 6, No 4, Dec 2002 Contact Information:  Contact Information Tim Vincent, M.S., MFT (510) 625-6015

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