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HIV, stigma, and rates of infections : a rumour without evidence.

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posted on 2006-10-01, 00:00 authored by Daniel Reidpath, Kit Chan
The modern concept of a social stigma comes from the work of American sociologist Erving Goffman, who described it as a response to a deeply discrediting attribute that devalues the person [1]. In the medical literature, stigma is almost inevitably written about in terms of adverse social sequelae of a disease—such as leprosy, tuberculosis, epilepsy, schizophrenia, or filariasis [2–6]—or a physical characteristic or functional loss, such as obesity, deafness, or paraplegia [7–9]. The consequences of stigma range from moderate opprobrium at one end of the spectrum to death [10].

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PLoS medicine

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3

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10

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1708 - 1710

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Public Library of Science

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San Francisco, Calif.

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1549-1277

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1549-1676

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eng

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C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2006, Reidpath and Chan

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