HIV in the heartland: negotiating disclosure, stigma, & the HIV community

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dc.contributor.author Donley, Sarah B.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-18T15:06:45Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-18T15:06:45Z
dc.date.issued 2009-12-18T15:06:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/2320
dc.description.abstract Even after 28 years the AIDS epidemic continues to affect the American population and HIV/AIDS remains a social problem. Living with HIV affects every aspect of an individual’s life. It involves a personal negotiation at the onset of diagnosis, a social negotiation when one decides to disclose to others, and finally, a communal negotiation when individuals seek formal support via ASOs (AIDS service organizations), and/or informal support through family members and friends. The purpose of this research is to investigate these negotiations over the course of HIV infection, how these processes inform decisions to disclose, how stigma influences lived experiences, and the importance of the HIV community. The data come from eighteen HIV+ individuals, ten men and eight women, living in various locations throughout the Midwest. Drawing on the experiences of these men and women, I explore reactions after diagnosis, disclosure patterns, experiences of stigma, and the importance of the HIV community. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Midwest Sociological Society Endowment Committee en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject Stigma en_US
dc.subject Midwest en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Disclosure en_US
dc.title HIV in the heartland: negotiating disclosure, stigma, & the HIV community en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Dana M. Britton en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, General (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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