- Safety in the midst of stigma: Experiencing HIV/AIDS in two Ghanaian communities
Sjaak van der Geest
- Award date
- 9 April 2013
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Stigmatization of people associated with HIV can be devastating, even more so than the virus itself. It destroys the lives of HIV positive people and their loved ones. All too often in Ghana, those with no direct HIV experience do not see the depth of the impact of stigma on individuals, households and communities. This monograph, the result of fifteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in two communities in Ghana, brings to the fore the lived experiences of people infected with and affected by HIV from their own perspectives. In particular, their negotiations between resignation to fate and the struggle for survival as they cope with stigma are presented. Significantly, this book shows that being infected with or affected by HIV is as much a social issue as a medical one, and those associated with HIV/AIDS require more than medical care and support. Concerted efforts by all stakeholders - social and political leadership, the untested, the uninfected, the infected, the affected, service providers and policy makers - would go a long way to reduce the main problem that persists with regard to HIV prevention and treatment in Ghana: stigma.
- Commercial edition published by the African Studies Centre (Leiden), ISBN 9789054481256 (African studies collection 49).
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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