Why does HIV-related stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) in Kenya continue even though the battle against HIV has being going on for more than twenty years? By reviewing literature which explains the causes and mechanisms of stigma, two personal case studies of HIV families, and lessons from existing stigma reduction interventions, the purpose of this presentation is to explore the intricate nature of the stigma and propose stigma reduction intervention strategies in Kenya. The fight against HIV is a complex and enduring social phenomenon. Political, social, and economic conflicts and difficulties in third world countries further create additional barriers in reducing PLHA stigma. The success of stigma reduction interventions lies within efforts to engage families, communities, and those associated with the disease in the stigma reduction dialogue.
Xinrui Zeng, ’12 Yunnan Province, China
Majors: Psychology, Economics and Business
Sponsor: Carol Enns