A Study Of HIV Stigma Amongst Black Africans In England

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A Study of HIV Stigma amongst Black Africans in England


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A Study of HIV Stigma amongst Black Africans in England1

1.1. Background of the Study1

1.2. Research Statement2

1.3. Significance of the Study2

1.4. Aim of the Research4

1.5. Research Objectives5

1.6. Understanding HIV Stigma among the Black Africans in England5

1.7. Research Methodology8



A Study of HIV Stigma amongst Black Africans in England

1.1. Background of the Study

According to Mahajan, et.al, (2008) clinically 'stigma' is defined as the condition that exists due to the responsive action of humans against any disease and throughout the history of clinical science, this factor of stigma is associated with different disease conditions such as mental disordered, tuberculosis, cancer. However, stigma related to HIV/AIDS is considered as the latest disease that is stigmatised. Since, HIV related stigma is characterised by the issues of discrimination that expands up to the negative attitudes, abusive behaviours and ill-treatment by people towards the patients of HIV. The consequences of HIV stigma also include the misbehaviours of family, friends, and community towards such type of patients and that ultimately brings obstacles in the treatment and education of these patients in healthcare and community settings. HIV stigma is very common among the population of England especially minority. Here the researcher will focus specifically the Black Africans residing in England (AVERT, 2013).

The level of HIV infection in the England is relatively low in comparison to the other parts of the world. However, Black people coming from African regions as migrants in England are reporting to the great extent about HIV infections than other people from different ethnic groups (Burns, 2009). The main primary reason is HIV stigma, which is considering as a barrier in the reduction of this phenomenon. However, stigma is the attribution of different factors that include poor health conditions due to discrimination, inadequate socio-economic status in the country that do not allow the Black African community in England specially to tackle informed decisions about their sexual health. In addition to this, among Black Africans in England migrated Black African males have now become the second largest HIV infected group in England due to issues of heterosexually concerns and because of this, especially Black males are suffering from high loads of viral infection in comparison to Black females (Nobleman, 2012).

In England, specifically, same sex issues have reported regarding to African communities and thus, their sexual health is dependent on diversified social and economic factors. On the other hand, government initiatives could not meet the standards of disease management among African people in England since, the current disease load about 28% of people who have been infected by the HIV infection (AVERT, 2013).

1.2. Research Statement

“Although HIV stigma is considered as the major barrier in the reduction of HIV occurrence among the Black Africans specifically living in England and thus, reduces the impacts of all the efforts that are designated for controlling the issues of HIV”.

1.3. Significance of the Study

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