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1. Ndiaye, Khadidiatou. "A "Spoiled Identity": Living With HIV/AIDS in African Contexts" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 21, 2010 Online <PDF>. 2019-06-18 <>
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Abstract: An illness such as HIV/AIDS has profound identity shifts implications especially if one takes into account the stigma surrounding the disease. UNAIDS (2002) defined stigma as “a quality that ‘significantly discredits’ an individual in the eyes of others”. One cannot talk about HIV/AIDS and identity without referring to stigma since stigmatization is, in essence, ascribing a spoiled identity to the Person Living with HIV/AIDS (PLA).
The present study focuses on the concepts of identity as it relates to HIV/AIDS stigma in African contexts. Specifically, the question is: How do HIV/AIDS status and stigma impact the identity of the person living with AIDS? Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with PLAs living in Dakar, Senegal. The findings suggest that PLAs face identity shifts related to stigmatizing behaviors they experience, self-stigmatization, as well as the financial impact of their status.

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