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ERIC Number: EJ846253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
My Body, My Stigma: Body Interpretations in a Sample of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Puerto Rico
Varas-Diaz, Nelson; Toro-Alfonso, Jose; Serrano-Garcia, Irma
Qualitative Report, v10 n1 p122-142 Mar 2005
AIDS related stigma continues to impact the lives of "People Living With HIV/AIDS" (PLWHA) negatively. Although the consequences of stigmatization have been widely documented, certain areas of study need to be further addressed in order to better understand their implications for PLWHA; such is the case of the perceptions of the body's role in AIDS stigma. A qualitative study was implemented including 30 in-depth interviews of PLWHA in Puerto Rico in order to explore their perceptions of the body's role in the process of stigmatization. Results include: participants' perceptions on how their bodies evidence their serostatus, description of past body marks, personal experiences with body marks, meanings attributed to their bodies with HIV/AIDS, and personal criteria used to describe the perfect body. These issues are described in the context of the social stigma faced by PLWHA in Puerto Rico and individual perceptions of body's role in the process of self-stigmatization. Recommendations for intervention and research are described. (Contains 1 table and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico