Living with the stigma of AIDS

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Abstract

This article uses interview data to explore how 23 gay and bisexual men who had AIDS were affected by and managed stigma. The article describes how stigma affects the relationships of persons with AIDS to their families, friends, lovers, colleagues, and health care providers. It explores how persons with AIDS avoid or reduce stigma by concealing their illnesses, learning when and to whom they should reveal their illnesses, changing their social networks, educating others about AIDS, developing nonstigmatizing theories of illness causation, and using bravado to convince others that they are still functioning social beings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Sociology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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