HIV and Stigma in South Africa

  • Harriet Deacon
  • Leana Uys
  • Rakgadi Mohlahlane


Jonathan Mann (1996) was one of the first and most important lobbyists for HIV and AIDS-related stigma research on the international stage. He argued that stigma exacerbated the effects of the epidemic and reduced the efficacy of AIDS programming efforts. During the 1990s and 2000s there was thus an increase in the amount of research on HIV and AIDS-related stigma internationally. This research suggested that stigma and discrimination reduces the impact of prevention programmes, inhibits treatment take-up and adherence, exacerbates the psycho-social effects of HIV-infection and reduces the quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS (for a review, see Deacon et al., 2005 and Deacon and Stephney, 2007). The United Nations agency for AIDS, UNAIDS, thus chose stigma as its campaign theme for World AIDS Day in 2003.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harriet Deacon
    • 1
  • Leana Uys
    • 2
  • Rakgadi Mohlahlane
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of KwaZulu-NatalNatalSouth Africa
  3. 3.Centre for the Study of AIDSUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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