Is it just me? Experiences of HIV-related stigma

R. G. Block

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    HIV carries a significant social stigma, and people who are HIV positive and people who love and work with them may experience HIV-related stigma. The effects and magnitude of HIV-related stigma and stigmatizing behaviors are diverse. This qualitative study explored felt HIV-related stigma among adults with HIV including individual experiences and insight into the mechanism of HIV-related stigma. Participants shared experiences, and how they managed, coped and survived. Grounded theory analysis revealed that at the core of facing and managing stigma was living with HIV. Components of resilience - risk factors, protective factors and coping skills - were illustrated, and implicate further research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-19
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2009


    • HIV
    • Qualitative research
    • Stigma

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)


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