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HIV/AIDS in Rural Northeast Thailand: Narratives of the Impacts of HIV/AIDS on Individuals and Households




HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest public health and development challenges currently faced by the global community. Amongst reported statistics, such as the estimated 39.5 million people infected with HIV at the end of 2006, the human face of HIV/AIDS is often lost. This paper presents several narratives of the impacts of HIV/AIDS on individuals and households, drawn from a 2003 survey of 71 HIV/AIDS patients in Khon Kaen Province, Northeast Thailand. These narratives illustrate the broad range of impacts of HIV/AIDS, as well as the diverse coping strategies that are employed to deal with those impacts. The narratives also demonstrate how the HIV/AIDS epidemic impacts not just those who are HIV-infected and other members of their household, but also the wider community.

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  • Michael P. Cameron, 2007. "HIV/AIDS in Rural Northeast Thailand: Narratives of the Impacts of HIV/AIDS on Individuals and Households," Working Papers in Economics 07/07, University of Waikato.
  • Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:07/07

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    1. Gillespie, Stuart & Kadiyala, Suneetha, 2005. "HIV/AIDs and food and nutrition security," Food policy reviews 7, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Michael Kremer, 1996. "Integrating Behavioral Choice into Epidemiological Models of AIDS," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 111(2), pages 549-573.
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    HIV/AIDS; poverty; Thailand;

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    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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