Disease-related stigma: Comparing predictors of AIDS and cancer stigma

Kathryn Greene, Smita C. Banerjee

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This study explores the prevalence of AIDS and cancer stigma as influenced by attitude toward homosexuality, religiosity, authoritarianism, and androgyny. This study used a quasi-experimental survey design (N = 485) to examine attitude toward people with AIDS and cancer, and interaction with people with AIDS and cancer. Negative attitudes toward homosexuality, high religious intensity and ideology, high authoritarianism, and low expressive emerged as factors related to more negative attitudes toward people with AIDS and unwillingness to interact with people with AIDS. Attitudes toward people with cancer were generally not related to the variables. Findings explore how to campaign efforts to reduce existing negative attitudes toward AIDS and homosexuality, given that gay men with AIDS are especially stigmatized. Implications and directions for future research are discussed, especially for interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-209
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 28 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)


  • AIDS
  • Androgyny
  • Authoritarianism
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Homophobia
  • Religiosity
  • Stigma


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