United to End TB Every Word Counts. Stop TB Partnership, End TB and UNOPS. (2015)

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The authors describe how judgmental terms such as ‘TB suspect’ can powerfully influence attitudes and behaviour at every level – from inhibiting people to seek treatment to shaping the way policy-makers view the challenge of addressing the disease. The article also observes that the powerfully negative connotation of words such as ‘defaulter’ and ‘suspect’ place blame for the disease and responsibility for adverse treatment outcomes on one side — that of people with TB.


Keywords: TB, terminology, stigma, discrimination

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