The report is a part of series of comprehensive qualitative studies conducted by the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in selected countries. The overarching aim of this research is to identify existing barriers to the full integration of PLHIV in each of these Eastern European or CIS societies. The studies focus primarily on access to health care, education and employment. The report is based on interviews conducted with PLHIV in Lithuania and focus group discussions with Lithuanian representatives of the education, health care, employment sectors and NGOs working in HIV- and AIDS-related fields. This qualitative study was conducted by the Vilnius Institute of Hygiene under the Ministry of Health during March and September 2009. Researchers used in-depth interviews and focus group techniques to outline the problems of stigma and discrimination towards PLHIV.
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