Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa

dc.contributor.authorMaughan-Brown, Brendan
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-29T09:28:36Z
dc.date.available2016-04-29T09:28:36Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.updated2016-04-29T09:27:44Z
dc.description.abstractHIV/AIDS-related stigma is a recognised problem for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) yet little research on experiences of stigma has been conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, the epicentre of the disease.? This paper employs quantitative analysis to measure the extent and nature of stigma experienced by 242 people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha (an urban African community in Cape Town, South Africa). This research draws an important distinction between experienced stigma and perceived stigma (i.e. perceptions of stigma in the community). The results show that while relatively few respondents (17%) reported experiencing a lot of stigma, the majority (75%) had experienced some stigma. Experiences of stigma within households were found to be rare (thus adding to the emerging evidence of general support for PLWHA from family members). Although some reported no experiences of stigma, almost all individuals reported perceived stigma (i.e. believed they lived in a stigmatising environment). Both experienced stigma and perceived stigma were related to inconsistent condom use, fear of disclosure, depression/anxiety and lack of self-efficacy/confidence. As expected, experienced stigma influenced perceived stigma and those affiliated to a religious organisation were shown to manifest more perceived stigma.? Health-related problems and the clinic where treatment was obtained (which could be a proxy for different social contexts) were significant determinants of experienced stigma. This indicates the importance of the biophysical manifestations of HIV/AIDS and community-level variables in shaping PLWHA's experiences and fears of stigma.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationMaughan-Brown, B. (2007). <i>Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19327en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationMaughan-Brown, Brendan <i>Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19327en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationMaughan-Brown, B. (2007). Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people of antiretroviral teatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Centre for Social Science Research: University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Maughan-Brown, Brendan AB - HIV/AIDS-related stigma is a recognised problem for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) yet little research on experiences of stigma has been conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, the epicentre of the disease.? This paper employs quantitative analysis to measure the extent and nature of stigma experienced by 242 people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha (an urban African community in Cape Town, South Africa). This research draws an important distinction between experienced stigma and perceived stigma (i.e. perceptions of stigma in the community). The results show that while relatively few respondents (17%) reported experiencing a lot of stigma, the majority (75%) had experienced some stigma. Experiences of stigma within households were found to be rare (thus adding to the emerging evidence of general support for PLWHA from family members). Although some reported no experiences of stigma, almost all individuals reported perceived stigma (i.e. believed they lived in a stigmatising environment). Both experienced stigma and perceived stigma were related to inconsistent condom use, fear of disclosure, depression/anxiety and lack of self-efficacy/confidence. As expected, experienced stigma influenced perceived stigma and those affiliated to a religious organisation were shown to manifest more perceived stigma.? Health-related problems and the clinic where treatment was obtained (which could be a proxy for different social contexts) were significant determinants of experienced stigma. This indicates the importance of the biophysical manifestations of HIV/AIDS and community-level variables in shaping PLWHA's experiences and fears of stigma. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 T1 - Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa TI - Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19327 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/19327
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationMaughan-Brown B. Experiences and perceptions of HIV/AIDS-related stigma amongst people on antiretroviral treatment in Khayelitsha, South Africa. 2007 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19327en_ZA
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dc.publisher.departmentCentre for Social Science Research(CSSR)en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
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