FRESH Workshop on HIV Stigma

Finding Respect and Ending Stigma around HIV (FRESH):  An Intervention for Change in Public Health Settings

An intervention for HIV-related stigma reduction in public health department and other primary health care settings was pilot-tested as part of the FRESH Workshops presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Core, the UAB School of Public Health, and the Alabama Public Health Training Center (AL PHTC). The intervention addresses all levels of staff working in both public health and primary care settings and will lead to increased uptake of HIV testing and linkage to HIV care in patient populations.  The materials used for this workshop were adapted from a multi-country African stigma reduction intervention developed for and in collaboration with the “Perceived AIDS Stigma: A Multinational African Study” Team by Vernon Solomon School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

The adapted intervention was pilot-tested in two workshops with groups composed of both health care worker staff and persons living with HIV. Data from each workshop has been analyzed, a manuscript was written based on the findings, and submitted for publication.  To view the publication, click here

Piloted intervention materials used in the FRESH Study Workshops (including the facilitators manual, workshop slides, and participant questionnaires) can be found below.

FRESH Workshop Materials 

For more information on the FRESH Study and Workshop, please contact:
Samantha Whitfield, Program Manager -
Janet Turan, PhD, Associate Professor -