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The ambivalence of stigma and the double-edged sword of HIV/AIDS intervention in Burkina Faso

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  • Gausset, Quentin
  • Mogensen, Hanne Overgaard
  • Yameogo, Wambi Maurice Evariste
  • Berthé, Abdramane
  • Konaté, Blahima
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    This article analyses the causes of HIV stigmatisation in Burkina Faso as perceived by people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and people working in AIDS-related Community Based Organisations (CBOs). Stigmatisation continues to be a pressing issue when dealing with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. The article is based on direct observation of HIV-related practices within 20 CBOs in Burkina Faso, as well as semi-structured interviews or focus group discussions with 72 PLHIV and 90 professionals and volunteers working in CBOs. PLHIV were chosen by convenience sampling among the persons who accessed CBO services and were interviewed about their life quality and experience relating to HIV. Professionals and volunteers were interviewed about their strategies, their achievements, and the problems they encountered. The research was conducted in the course of three months fieldwork between September and November 2009.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 74 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 7 ()
    Pages: 1037-1044

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:74:y:2012:i:7:p:1037-1044
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.11.044
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