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Title:Questioning HIV/AIDS-related stigma: lived disempowerment and potential empowerment among Ghanaians living with HIV/AIDS
Author:Latzoo, Cyril
Year:2015
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Volume:41
Issue:2
Pages:238-258
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:AIDS
discrimination
stereotypes
About person:Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (1942-)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2015.1066408
Abstract:HIV-related stigma harms People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), families, and even communities of memory. This study examines HIV-related stigma in Ghana, specifically how PLWHA make sense of their response to the experience of HIV/AIDS-related stigma. Sensemaking is explored in the face of HIV/AIDS-related stigma to determine whether participants' attributional responses partly corroborate the widespread views of disempowerment associated with stigma. PLWHA attribute HIV-related stigma to ignorance, lack of sympathy and lack of empathy. Often, PLWHA portray both their community and government as morally mute or ineffective in handling HIV/AIDS-related stigma. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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