Perceptions of stigma in women infected with HIV

Academic Article


  • This qualitative focus group study explored perceptions of stigma in HIV-seropositive women. The sample included 19 HIV-positive women who participated in one of four focus group sessions. Participants were asked to talk about and describe their perceptions of how others think about and respond to them and other HIV-infected individuals. Content analysis was used to code the data and identify participant perceptions. Four themes representing distinctly different perceptions of stigma were identified: distancing, overgeneralizing stereotypes, social discomfort, and pity. The implications of the findings for intervention and future research are discussed.
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    Author List

  • Moneyham L; Seals B; Demi A; Sowell R; Cohen L; Guillory J
  • Start Page

  • 162
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 3