The problems that face HIV/AIDS patients are now fairly well documented. These include experiences of guilt, anger, grief, fear of abandonment, and potential economic hardship and marginalization due to others' fear of infection and associated stigma. However, limited attention has been paid to the effects of AIDS-related stigma on access to, and the provision of, health services. Understanding how the stigma of AIDS affects the processes and experiences of diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and care is critical to effective public health policy and the delivery of health care programs and medical services. In this article, we examine stigma as experienced by people with HIV and AIDS, and by their families, in village Thailand. We also identify areas for improvement pertaining to people with HIV/AIDS and other stigmatizing diseases.
Songwathana, P. and Manderson, L.
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Journal Article, People Living With HIV or AIDS, Thailand, Asia,