How Cultural Stereotypes and Abuse Affect Family Risk in HIV Transmission
Keywords:HIV/AIDS, Social Stigma, LGBTQ
Many of the individuals who are affected come from marginalized groups, such as the LGTBQ community, ethnic minorities, and women. Because this disease is so politicized, many of these groups are ostracized, whether it be through discrimination or prejudice. While these individuals do suffer terribly, many social institutions are also affected. This article culls the literature and argues that cultural stereotypes, as well as domestic abuse, are two of the most important determining factors as to how HIV transmission risks will affect the family. Understanding the relationship between cultural stereotypes and abuse can further enhance present research regarding public health policies for HIV.