Welcome to The HIV, Health, and Interaction Study

The HIV, Health, and Interaction Study (H2I Study) is a multi-year, multi-site study based in the Department of Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University. The study seeks to understand the assumptions about HIV (and health more generally) and the ways these assumptions infuse everyday conversations. Through an analysis of naturally-occuring conversations and the ways HIV and other health statuses are talked about in these conversations, we can begin to see and document how everyday interactions might negatively impact people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs).


Research Goals

The goal of the research is to promote awareness and acceptance for people with diverse health experiences, such as HIV.  It will confront and challenge the taken-for-granted assumptions we hold and enact in conversation and the way these assumptions marginalize and stigmatize PHAs.