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Direct Research Journals
Vol.2 (2), pp. 38-44, February, 2015

Information disconnects for people infected with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in the United Kingdom
Article Number: DRJA17086101

Original Research Article

Robinah Namuleme*, Nigel Ford and Peter A. Bath

Information School, Centre for Health Information Management Research (CHIMR), University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

date Received: February 3, 2015     date Accepted: February 19, 2015     date Published: February 28, 2015


This paper describes the results of an ethnographic   which   set out to generate in-depth knowledge of the real world “lived information experiences”, including the complexities and subtleties of HIV/AIDS related information behaviour and the factors that  influence this behaviour  within the context of people affected by HIV/AIDS. The ultimate aim is to determine the potential role that information management could play  in  the  fight against HIV and AIDS.  The focus of this paper is “information disconnects”, one of the contextual factors that influenced access to and use of HIV and AIDS related information. The results of this investigation are discussed in the context of the feasibility of developing an HIV and AIDS- related information strategy to address the identified information disconnects by guiding the design, management, and dissemination of usable, accurate, reliable and up-to date HIV/ AIDS-related information required to mitigate HIV /AIDS.

Key words: HIV/AIDS, information overload, misinformation, stigmatising information, information disconnects