The needs of AIDS-infected individuals in rural China

Yun Luke Lu, Shirley K. Trout, Katarina Lu, John W. Creswell

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The purpose of this exploratory case study was to describe the needs and present the voices of 21 AIDS-infected individuals who contracted the disease through the selling of blood in rural China. Data sources included interviews, field notes, and letters. Three themes emerged: living in a vicious circle, awakening from the dead end, and escaping the vicious circle through education. Education emerged as an overarching theme and was identified as the catalyst that would either keep the families of those affected trapped in the vicious circle or rescue them from it. Findings are explained within the theoretical contexts of social capital, motivation theory, and Confucius's philosophy on education. The authors discuss implications for researchers, educators, relief workers, human service workers, policy makers, and human rights advocates. They conclude with suggestions for further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1149-1163
Number of pages15
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Case study
  • China
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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