AIDS Support Groups and Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Central Thailand

  • Pranee Liamputtong
  • Niphattra Haritavorn
  • Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee


In this chapter, we examine community attitudes toward women living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand. We also look at strategies employed by women in order to deal with any stigma and discrimination that they may feel or experience in the community. The chapter is based on our larger study of the experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS and their participation in clinical trials in Thailand. We carried out a number of in-depth interviews with women living with HIV/AIDS in central Thailand. We find that women living with HIV/AIDS still deal with stigma and discrimination in their everyday life. However, from the women’s narratives, we also find more positive attitudes from local communities. Women deal with stigma and discrimination by joining and participating in HIV/AIDS support groups that have emerged in response to the AIDS epidemic in Thailand. We argue that women are not passive victims but that they act in their own agencies to counteract any negativity they might encounter.


Support Group Home Visit Emotional Support Mass Media Campaign Thai Woman 
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We express our gratitude to all the women who took part in this study for their time and knowledge. We thank the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, who granted the Faculty Research Grant to the first author to enable her to carry out the fieldwork in Thailand. We also thank our Thai colleagues who have contributed in some ways, albeit small, to make this project possible and Rosemary Oakes and Lee Koh who read and made comments in the construction of this chapter. An early version of this chapter was published in Social Science and Medicine. We thank you Elsevier for allowing us to reuse the material in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pranee Liamputtong
    • 1
  • Niphattra Haritavorn
    • 2
  • Niyada Kiatying-Angsulee
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Public HealthLa Trobe UniversityBundoora, MelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Public HealthThammasat UniversityRangsitThailand
  3. 3.Drug System Monitoring & Development ProgramChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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