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Effects of Stigmatization on Gay Men Living with HIV/AIDS in aCentral-Eastern European Context : A Qualitative Analysis from Hungary

Takács, Judit and Kelly, A. J. and Tóth, T. P. and Mocsonaki, László and Amirkhainan, Y. A. (2013) Effects of Stigmatization on Gay Men Living with HIV/AIDS in aCentral-Eastern European Context : A Qualitative Analysis from Hungary. Sexual Research Social Policy, 10 (1). pp. 24-34. ISSN 1868-9884

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Abstract

This qualitative study highlights the social dynamics affecting people living with HIV (PLH) in Hungary and in the Central-Eastern European region. The study focused on the special needs and concerns of men living with HIV/AIDS as well as changes in their social relationships and institutional support provision, coping strategies, and patterns of social functioning, especially in the context of social stigmatization. Consistent with international qualitative research findings in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, the present study contributes to a fuller understanding of relationship between sexual behavior, HIV/AIDS-related risks and risk perceptions as well as homosexuality- and HIV/AIDS stigma-related social exclusion in a previously under-researched socio-cultural setting. The findings of our study point to several barriers to effective HIV prevention, which should be overcome to improve the present situation by lessening the adverse effects of HIV/AIDS- and homosexuality-related stigma within the gay community, the general population and especially among service providers. One of the main barriers is the lack of public health programs specifically targeting MSM in Hungary, where the predominant mode of HIV transmission remains sex between men.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS; stigma; Hungary; Central-Eastern Europe; gay men; homophobia
Subjects: H Social Sciences / társadalomtudományok > H Social Sciences (General) / társadalomtudomány általában
Depositing User: Veronika Tamás
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 10:07
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/10657

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