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MAIA, Marta. Talking About the Disease: Sharing Experiences of Hepatitis C Online. Arq Med [online]. 2010, vol.24, n.4, pp.131-135. ISSN 2183-2447.

This article describes the experience of people who have hepatitis C, particularly their daily life and their experiences regarding the disease expressed in forums on the internet. It means a personal identity, and also a belonging’s feeling to a group, the “hépatant” people. The issue of patient’s identity was reflected upon, considering a context in which sickness groups start to be formed through associations and forums on the internet, making inter-pares support an essential feature of the patient’s identity.

Keywords : disease; hepatitis C; internet forums; identity; “hépatants”; fóruns na internet; identidade; “hépatants”.

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