n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - People with TB and HIV in South Africa face a double stigma : AIDS brief

Volume 30, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



People who have both tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection experience 'a unique and overlapping double stigma', according to research published in the May issue of . Having TB sends a signal that the person also has HIV. As a consequence, identities associated with TB are now strongly influenced by HIV stigma. Some co-infected individuals distance themselves from others with HIV and foreground their TB infection to minimise stigma. This finding may have implications for the uptake of services which integrate TB and HIV care.

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