The defense never rests: tackling stigma and discrimination in the HIV response

On 1 March - Zero Discrimination Day, the International AIDS Society, in conjunction with the Educational Fund and the Heart of Stigma project, hosted a virtual debate on the global approach towards injustice in the HIV response. The debate highlighted challenges faced by people living with and vulnerable to HIV in accessing effective prevention, treatment and HIV care services and how they can be addressed. It positioned action on HIV-related stigma and discrimination as separate and distinct. Experts debated how best to address injustice and effect inclusive and positive change in the global HIV response.

Laurel Sprague

Laurel Sprague

Chief, Community Mobilization Division

UNAIDS, Switzerland

Tessa Oraro-Lawrence

Tessa Oraro-Lawrence

Project Manager, HIV Programmes and Advocacy

IAS, Switzerland


Allan Maleche

Executive Director

Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN), Kenya

Alice Welbourn

Alice Welbourn

Founding Director

Salamander Trust, UK