Perceptions of community- and family-level injection drug user (IDU)- and HIV-related stigma, disclosure decisions and experiences with layered stigma among HIV-positive IDUs in Vietnam

A. E. Rudolph, W. W. Davis, V. M. Quan, T. V. Ha, N. L. Minh, A. Gregowski, M. Salter, D. D. Celentano, V. Go

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Abstract

This paper explores how perceived stigma and layered stigma related to injection drug use and being HIV-positive influence the decision to disclose one's HIV status to family and community and experiences with stigma following disclosure among a population of HIV-positive male injection drug users (IDUs) in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. In qualitative interviews conducted between 2007 and 2008, 25 HIV-positive male IDUs described layered stigma in their community but an absence of layered stigma within their families. These findings suggest the importance of community-level HIV prevention interventions that counter stigma and support families caring for HIV-positive relatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

Keywords

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Vietnam
  • disclosure
  • injection drug use
  • layered stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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