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The hybrid identity of the HIV/AIDS patient: a qualitative study of the impact of antiretroviral treatment on the lives of HIV/AIDS patients in South Africa
Antiretroviral treatment has transformed AIDS from an acute, degenerative disease into a chronic - albeit incurable - illness. Hence, the illness is not an external assault on the body, but an internal one, becoming part of the patient's identity as a 'chronic HIV/AIDS patient'. This research project aims to assess the mechanisms through which the illness and the associated treatment influence the lives and the identity of the patients.
Date:1 Jan 2010 → 31 Dec 2011
Keywords:IDENTITY MANAGEMENT, AIDS, SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE, HEALTH BEHAVIOUR
Disciplines:Applied sociology, Policy and administration, Social psychology, Social stratification, Social theory and sociological methods, Social work, Sociology of life course, family and health, Other sociology and anthropology