This study recognises that for those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Ghana, the need at the apex of their agenda is to live safely in the midst of stigma, and in order to achieve this they employ various strategies, some with significant individual and public health consequences. However, living safely in the midst of stigma remains a complex challenge, requiring concerted efforts from all stakeholders – social and political leadership, the untested, the uninfected, the infected, the affected, service providers, and policy makers.
Being infected with or affected by HIV is as much a social issue as a medical one, and requires more than medical care and support. Indeed, the destructive character of the epidemic has affected individual and collective attempts to organize daily life - breakdown of marriages, denial of familial care and support, etc. The possibility of being stigmatized and the real effects of stigmatization mean that the vulnerable find ways to avoid stigma and also develop strategies to cope with it. The result is the antagonism between suspects and the general public. Tackling the soical sickness must be a higher priority than even the medical one.
Benjamin Kwansa: Safety in the midst of stigma experiencing HIV/AIDS in
two Ghanian communities
The supervisor is Sjaak van der Geest.
The ceremony is open to the general public.