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HIV Stigmatization and Stereotyping in Chinese News Coverage: From a Framing Perspective
Unformatted Document Text:  HIV STIMGATIZATION AND STEROTYPING 4     HIV/AIDS-related stigma is prevalent in China where people living with HIV/AIDS are often discriminated against (Lieber et al., 2006; Zhou, 2007). According to news coverage, Chinese citizens living with the disease have lost their jobs for being HIV positive and children of HIV positive parents are segregated and unable to play with others, even if they are not HIV positive (Bai, 2008; Li, 2008; Liao, 2002). A survey of 209 Chinese market workers indicted that 73% of the respondents thought individuals living with HIV/AIDS should be isolated from the general population (Lee et al., 2005). Brakel (2006) identified that mass media is one of the key social contexts in which HIV stigmatizing practices are imbedded. Parker and Aggleton (2003) argue that HIV/AIDS stigmatization can be produced and reinforced via the process of symbolic systems (words, images and practices). The mass media, by producing implicit meaning through words, images and sounds, has great potential to stigmatize HIV/AIDS in media discourse that legitimizes and justifies discrimination of PLWHA. There is a dearth of literature that focuses on HIV stigmatization in media contexts. A recent study revealed serious HIV/AIDS stigmatization in Chinese media discourse (Ren, Hust & Zhang, 2010). According to the study, nearly one out every three HIV/AIDS news stories published in the 21 st century contained language that stigmatized HIV/AIDS. The stigmatizing language in news stories included overtly stigmatizing language (e.g. AIDS Demon, Century Plague, AIDS Girl and AIDS Couple) and covertly stigmatizing content (e.g. HIV transmission is associated with morally sanctioned social behaviors; HIV/AIDS is highly contagious and fatal; PLWHA deserves it). Furthermore, the authors identified a complex paradox of Chinese news media’s role in reporting HIV/AIDS news. The more the news stories intend to destigmatize HIV/AIDS, the more they implicitly reinforce HIV/AIDS stigma. However, this

Authors: Ren, Chunbo., Hust, Stacey., Zhang, Peng. and Zhao, Yunze.
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HIV STIMGATIZATION AND STEROTYPING                                                                     4
 
 
HIV/AIDS-related stigma is prevalent in China where people living with HIV/AIDS are often 
discriminated against (Lieber et al., 2006; Zhou, 2007).  According to news coverage, Chinese 
citizens living with the disease have lost their jobs for being HIV positive and children of HIV 
positive parents are segregated and unable to play with others, even if they are not HIV positive 
(Bai, 2008; Li, 2008; Liao, 2002).  A survey of 209 Chinese market workers indicted that 73% 
of the respondents thought individuals living with HIV/AIDS should be isolated from the 
general population (Lee et al., 2005).   
Brakel (2006) identified that mass media is one of the key social contexts in which HIV 
stigmatizing practices are imbedded. Parker and Aggleton (2003) argue that HIV/AIDS 
stigmatization can be produced and reinforced via the process of symbolic systems (words, 
images and practices). The mass media, by producing implicit meaning through words, images 
and sounds, has great potential to stigmatize HIV/AIDS in media discourse that legitimizes and 
justifies discrimination of PLWHA.  
There is a dearth of literature that focuses on HIV stigmatization in media contexts. A 
recent study revealed serious HIV/AIDS stigmatization in Chinese media discourse (Ren, Hust 
& Zhang, 2010). According to the study, nearly one out every three HIV/AIDS news stories 
published in the 21
st
 century contained language that stigmatized HIV/AIDS. The stigmatizing 
language in news stories included overtly stigmatizing language (e.g. AIDS Demon, Century 
Plague, AIDS Girl and AIDS Couple) and covertly stigmatizing content (e.g. HIV transmission 
is associated with morally sanctioned social behaviors; HIV/AIDS is highly contagious and 
fatal; PLWHA deserves it). Furthermore, the authors identified a complex paradox of Chinese 
news media’s role in reporting HIV/AIDS news. The more the news stories intend to 
destigmatize HIV/AIDS, the more they implicitly reinforce HIV/AIDS stigma. However, this 


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