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      #143367 - 05/05/05 02:55 PM

Steven Koh, a graduate student in the Social and Political Sciences Department at the University of Cambridge, is currently conducting a research study focusing on HIV/AIDS stigma. He is looking for individuals interested in sharing their stories about living with HIV/AIDS. Interviews will take place over e-mail and will be completely anonymous. If you are interested, please e-mail him at More details about the study are below.


Today one hears a great deal about HIV/AIDS in the media, from politicians or health officials. Many of them discuss what HIV/AIDS “is” and “isn’t” in abstract or generalised terms. Ultimately, however, the central focus should be on the people who live HIV/AIDS every day. Through discussions and understanding with these people who have the most valuable first-hand knowledge of the disease, we can gain a better understanding of how it affects the lives of people.

The goal of this research is to look at the way society “sees” HIV/AIDS and how people with the disease come to understand such attitudes.

How does a person with this disease cope with the daily stigma?
What parts of the conception of HIV/AIDS has a person internalized?
How do communities of people with HIV/AIDS think about the disease?
Much can be learned from those within the UK interested in sharing their valuable experiences.

Once the research is completed and the article is submitted in June, all participants in the study will receive a copy of the full article which will also be published by UKC.

This study is completely anonymous, using e-mail to ensure maximum flexibility and anonymity to all participants. Should you be interested, please e-mail Steven Koh at

Before any questions are asked, you will be asked to complete a consent form to comply with the Cambridge University ethics issues.

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