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"We, the AIDS people. . .": how antiretroviral therapy enables Zimbabweans living with HIV/AIDS to cope with stigma

Campbell, Catherine, Skovdal, Morten, Madanhire, Claudius, Mugurungi, Owen, Gregson, Simon and Nyamukapa, Constance (2011) "We, the AIDS people. . .": how antiretroviral therapy enables Zimbabweans living with HIV/AIDS to cope with stigma. American Journal of Public Health, 101 (6). pp. 1004-1010. ISSN 0090-0036

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Identification Number: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.202838


We studied the impact of antiretroviral treatment availability on AIDS stigma through interviews with 118 antiretroviral treatment users, AIDS caregivers, and nurses in Zimbabwe. Treatment enables positive social and economic participation through which users can begin to reconstruct their shattered sense of social value. However, stigma remains strong, and antiretroviral treatment users remain mired in conflictual symbolic relationships between the AIDS people and the untested. To date, the restoration of users’ own sense of self-worth through treatment has not reduced fear and sexual embarrassment in framing community responses to people living with HIV/AIDS. Much remains to be learned about the complex interaction of economic and psychosocial dimensions of poverty, treatment availability, and conservative sexual moralities in driving AIDS stigma in specific settings.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 American Public Health Association
Divisions: LSE Health
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2011 10:55
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 00:52

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