“HIV is definitely not the end of the world!?”

Contextual and cultural factors that might cause differences between the patients’ health experience and the professionals’ health perception at four Tapologo HIV/AIDS clinics around Rustenburg, South Africa.

This master thesis is the end result of a wonderful and interesting learning experience during the master program ‘social policy and social interventions’ at Utrecht University. October 2008, I was offered the opportunity to conduct my master research in South Africa, a topic regarding health care and social science. Needless to say this was an opportunity I passionately embraced, so from February till June I immersed myself in the South African way of life in Rustenburg to conduct this research.

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