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Deaf around the WorldThe Impact of Language$
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Gaurav Mathur and Donna Jo Napoli

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.001.0001

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HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community

HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community

A Conversation

(p.297) Chapter 9 HIV/AIDS and the Deaf Community
Deaf around the World

Leila Monaghan

Deborah Karp

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the authors converse about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in deaf communities, recommending national, not local, action with regard to funding, information dissemination, and information gathering. At the same time they focus attention on strengths deaf communities bring to this fight, such as peer-to-peer teaching. Communication barriers, the stigma of AIDS, and lack of recognition and funding from larger organizations hamper outreach and treatment efforts. Many are afflicted due to failure to deliver relevant information to deaf communities — from how the disease is transmitted, to what a plus symbol means (i.e. something negative, not positive), to what is appropriate medical treatment and how to get it. The lack of accessible language in outreach organizations has been a major culprit in this confusion.

Keywords:   Deaf activism, deaf rights, HIV/AIDS in deaf communities, HIV/AIDS outreach, accessible language in deaf outreach, deaf outreach, stigma of AIDS, American Deaf community, Deaf pride

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