Confronting HIV Stigma: Live! Love! Life! – Pick Your Date!

Published: October 22, 2020

Presented by Medical Advocacy and Outreach and the Alabama AIDS Education Training Center (Alabama AETC)

Made possible, in part, by a grant from the Southern AIDS Coalition and the Gilead Compass Initiative, and support from the Southeast AIDS Education Training Centers Program.

Ending the Epidemic

Stigma plays a key role in driving the HIV epidemic. HIV stigma is pervasive in Alabama. Stigma acts as a barrier to seeking HIV testing, care, and prevention services and discourages PLWH in disclosing their status to their sexual partners and their healthcare providers, negatively impacting the healthcare services they receive.

Learning Objectives
After the film viewing and the discussion participants:

  • Understand how pervasive HIV related stigma/self-stigma is in Alabama.
  • Know that stigma occurs at multiple levels: interpersonal, institutional (e.g., health facilities, schools, and workplaces), religious communities, and legislative levels.
  • Become efficient in addressing and correcting self-stigma.
  • Are familiar with strategies for new directions in care & client engagement.
  • Are aware of the manifestations of stigma: isolation, ridicule, physical and verbal abuse, and denial of services and employment.
  • Become aware that stigma experiences can differ by sex, reflecting broader gender inequalities.
  • Understand that HIV-related stigma reinforces existing stigmas against marginalized groups (e.g., men who have sex with men [MSM], transgendered people—often called “compounded” stigma.


Phone: (334) 356-1524

Dates & Times:
11/2/2020 – 12 PM – 2 PM CST
11/12/2020 – 2 PM – 4 PM CST
11/19/2020 – 1 PM – 3 PM

(Pick the date most convenient for you!)

Confronting HIV Stigma 2020 Postcard Flyer

Are you a clinical or non-clinical care professional?

Join Medical Advocacy and Outreach (MAO) as we learn from the lives and previously untold stories of four Alabamians living with HIV, one transgender woman, one Black woman, and a gay male couple. Immortalized in a series of ATLAS2018 award-winning short films, each reveals an intimate story about stigma and the barriers confronted on journeys to living, love, and find life-supporting care. After a shared viewing of the documentary-style shorts, participants will take part in a moderated virtual panel discussion with the people whose lives were captured on film and representatives from the MAO team – a behavioral health therapist, a social worker, and a medical care provider.

Up to 2 contact hours may be possible (pending). 1 contact hour confirmed,

Continuing Education

Medical Advocacy and Outreach has been approved by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners as a provider of Continuing Education for social workers, Provider No. 0134. This activity has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6882. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. MAO is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This activity has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Medical Advocacy & Outreach is an approved continuing education provider of the Alabama Board of Nursing, ABNP 1554, exp. 10/24/2024. This activity has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

This activity has been approved for 1.0 CCME through Meharry Medical College. For those receiving CME credit, certificates and additional instructions will be subsequently provided by Meharry Medical College.

ALL participants will receive information once participation criteria has been meet and verified with instructions for downloading certificates of participation or steps to confirm the recording of contact hours.

Joint Providers: This activity is provided independently by MAO.

Criteria for Completion

Instructions for receiving credit: Learners must register online and complete a pre-test, attend the program, complete an evaluation and post-test following the event. Learners will be able to print a certificate upon completing these requirements. Partial credit will not be awarded

Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest or financial gain between planners, presenters or anyone in a position to control or manage the content of this activity.