People Living with HIV in the USA and Germany

A Comparative Study of Biographical Experiences of Chronic Illness

  • Lauren┬áKaplan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-11
  2. Lauren Kaplan
    Pages 13-44
  3. Lauren Kaplan
    Pages 223-244
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 245-255

About this book


Lauren Kaplan illuminates the problematic issues in the life experiences of people living with HIV. She focuses on the challenges embedded in social policy such as access, cost and availability of quality medical care as well as immigration policies, which can restrict the freedom of people to travel, work, and live in different nations and regions. Another focus are stigma, discrimination as well as existential struggles of identity, meaning, and reality. By engaging in a transnational comparison, the author identifies areas of strength and weakness in domestic U.S. policy as compared to social policies in Germany.


  • Financial Freedom and Autonomy
  • Stigma: Appearance, Privacy, and Visibility
  • Migration Experiences: Asylum Seeker Social Policy and Barriers to U.S. Travel
  • Reversal of Agency: Denial and the Construction of Alternate Reality

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students from the fields of sociology, public health, and psychology
  • Practitioners and policy makers in health care

The Author

Lauren Kaplan completed her doctoral dissertation at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She is now a research officer in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University


Chronic Illness HIV Health International Research Stigma

Authors and affiliations

  • Lauren┬áKaplan
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Social Policy & Social WorkOxford UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

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