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HIV-related stigma in England: experiences of gay men and heterosexual African migrants living with HIV

Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 2006, 16:472-480 (doi: 10.1002/casp.895)

Authors: Catherine Dodds


Focus group research was undertaken in three English cities among gay and bisexual men (British and non-British), heterosexual African women and heterosexual African men, all with diagnosed HIV. It was found that prevalent social discourses of homophobia, racism and xenophobia underpin individuals’ experiences of HIV-related stigma. Members of marginalised communities themselves employ HIV-related stigma as a governance mechanism to exclude positive people from tightly woven networks of support.


HIV, AIDS, stigma, inequality, discrimination

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