Our research on stigma reduction and its impact on HIV care has been nationally recognized, resulting in an oral presentation of our manuscript focused on the impact of HIV-related stigma on treatment adherence at the 8thInternational Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, and at an NIH-sponsored symposium on Washington, DC. This research has also been featured in UNAIDS publications, and throughout the lay press including Scientific American and Reuters. Our findings support the need to effectively address the psycho-social burden of living with a highly stigmatized disease in order to optimize HIV treatment initiation and long-term care.
Katz IT, Ryu AE, Onuegbu AG, Psaros C, Weiser SD, Bangsberg DR, Tsai AC. Impact of HIV-related stigma and serostatus disclosure on HIV treatment adherence: systematic review, meta-synthesis, and conceptual framework. Journal of the International AIDS Society. 2013 Nov 13;16(3 Suppl 2):18640. PMCID: PMC3833107.
Tsai AC, Bangsberg DR, Kegeles SM, Katz IT, Haberer JE, Muzoora C, Kumbakumba E, Hunt PW, Martin JN, Weiser SD. Internalized Stigma, Social Distance, and Disclosure of HIV Seropositivity in Rural Uganda. Ann Behav Med. 2013 Dec;46(3):285-94. PMCID: PMC3795853.