The Brownlee HIV Patient Forum felt strongly that, in addition to the staff-facing campaign, something should be done to support patients to help them to challenge stigma and discrimination. Often described as ‘the look’ a ‘gut feeling’ or by ‘recognising the anxiety’ in the other person, they suggested that empowering patients to effectively challenge this directly was required.
They have created a booklet – ‘HIV Stigma A resource for people living with HIV when attending healthcare services’. It uses examples and scenarios and suggests ways that these situations might be resolved. You can view this online by clicking here.
In addition to this we are developing training that Patient Forum members will help to deliver to improve people’s skills and confidence to challenge stigma whenever and wherever it occurs. You can subscribe to the mailing list for more details on this and other work the Forum does please email Brownleehiv@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.