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Title: HIV, Stigma, and Rates of Infection: A Rumour without Evidence
Authors: Reidpath, DD;Chan, KY
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: PLoS Medicine
Description: The modern concept of a social stigma comes from the work of American sociologist Erving Goffman, who described it as a response to a deeply discrediting attribute that devalues the person [1]. In the medical literature, stigma is almost inevitably written about in terms of adverse social sequelae of a disease—such as leprosy, tuberculosis, epilepsy, schizophrenia, or filariasis [2–6]—or a physical characteristic or functional loss, such as obesity, deafness, or paraplegia [7–9]. The consequences of stigma range from moderate opprobrium at one end of the spectrum to death [10].
Other Identifiers: PLoS Med. 3 (10), Oct 2006
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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