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Volume4
MonthMay
Year2003
TitleAffixing Blame: Ideologies of HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Author(s)Tarik Abdel-Monem
First Page381
AbstractThis Article focuses on ideologies of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Thailand, one of many nations where the HIV/AIDS pandemic has reached alarming levels. Not unlike other nations struggling with HIV/AIDS, an epidemic of stigma and blame has developed in Thailand with increasing rates of infection among the population. Understandings of whom to blame for the epidemic, and how to realize appropriate solutions, have likewise developed as the epidemic continues to persist and spread. This Article examines these ideologies and how they are mediated through the lens of popular culture in contemporary Thailand. It attempts to examine the reasoning of such ideologies, and their appeal within a society searching for both explanations and repose.