“Zero infections. Zero deaths. Zero stigma.”

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The UNAIDS mission of “Getting to Zero” is supported by three key goals: “Zero infections. Zero deaths. Zero stigma.” By taking up this mission, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) increased its dedication to ending the epidemic. DPH aims to realize these goals by expanding access to PrEP, ensuring RAPID (Rapid ART Program for HIV Diagnoses) linkage to …

In the Journals

Structural Stigma and Population Health — A special issue of Social Science and Medicine

The current issue of Social Science and Medicine is a special issue, entitled “Structural Stigma and Population Health.” A wide-ranging issue, spanning disciplines, methodological approaches, bodily conditions, and countries, it is well worth checking out. As editors Mark Hatzenbuehler and Bruce Link write in their introduction, the issue grows out of work done by the Structural Stigma and Population …


From disability stigma to disability value: Notes from research on disability in urban India

I am a medical anthropologist who researches deaf and disabled peoples’ social, moral, and economic practices in urban India. When speaking with colleagues and friends in the United States and elsewhere, I am invariably asked about the existence of stigma in India and whether deaf or disabled people are treated as stigmatized. People also ask me about pollution and if …


Structural Competency: Framing a New Conversation on Institutional Inequalities and Sickness

The conference on structural competency organized and hosted by Jonathan Metzl and Helena Hansen, and held at the NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis on March 23rd 2012, proved to be enormously successful.  The conference was an experiment on the part of Hansen and Metzl to generate a new conversation among doctors, clinicians, urban planners, social theorists …


Agency, biogenetic discourse and psychiatric disorder

In recent years, a growing (and pleasingly interdisciplinary) literature has developed around the intersecting themes of neurogenetic ‘explanatory’ narratives, largely pharmaceutically-driven processes of medicalization, stigma and socioclinical identity in the context of psychiatric disorder.  In this post I aim to briefly review two of the most immediate and provocative of these publications, and then launch a more free-ranging reflection on …


HIV testing, neoliberal governance, and the new moral regime of gay health in Taiwan

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Recent developments in global AIDS governance have focused on the need to tackle HIV/AIDS-related stigma, which is regarded as subjecting PLHA to social exclusion and hampering overall prevention efforts. Endorsed by UNAIDS and disseminated by the transnational network of NGOs, de-stigmatisation strategies, either through policy or activism, have come to mark a key aspect of the current glocal response to …