Karen Lillie ’09

Major

Anthropology

Project Title

The Future of Global AIDS Treatment

I conducted a study in Puebla Mexico on how the therapeutic itineraries of HIV/AIDS patients affect their lives. I found that even in the presence of a national plan to distribute medications, stigma remains a huge impediment to treatment and prevention efforts. Doctors assigned by the government to AIDS clinics saw the responsibility as an unwanted burden. Though patients communicated complex fabrics of self-perception, their medical choices were frequently informed by a desire to hide their disease. My research allows for a consideration of how medical and local cultures affect patient and disease conceptions, access to information and the success of treatments.



Internship Year

2008

Project Category

Health

Organization(s)

Princeton University

Mentor(s)

Prof. Joao Biehl