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Maryland Study Provides Tool to Measure HIV-stigma in Family Members of People with HIV

A new set of scales has been demonstrated to measure the stigma perceived or experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS and their HIV-uninfected family members, according a study led by Dr. Hongjie Liu, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The assessment tools, which were found to show high validity and reliability during testing in China, could help identify “courtesy stigma” that causes feelings of social isolation, shame, fear, and stress. The research was published in the journal PLOS One.