Findings from a study of the testing and treatment behaviour and experiences of African-American (n=31), Puerto Rican (n=30) and non-Hispanic white (n=23) HIV-infected women are reported.
All women were 20-45 years of age and had not yet been diagnosed with AIDS.
Data for the analyses presented were gathered through an interviewer-administered questionnaire completed before respondents participated in an unstructured interview.
The analyses examine race/ethnic differences in women's delays in seeking testing and medical care, and in sources and types of HIV-treatment.
Most significant for primary and secondary prevention efforts, the findings suggest that a significant proportion of women who suspect they are infected may delay being tested, and further, a substantial proportion who learn they are seropositive may delay seeking medical care.
Thus important opportunities among HIV-infected women for secondary prevention through timely antiviral and prophylactic treatment, and for primary prevention through risk-reduction counselling may be being missed in many cases.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Séropositivité, Demande thérapeutique, Attitude, Ethnie, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Etude comparative, Homme, Femelle, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Seropositivity, Therapeutical request, Attitude, Ethnic group, United States, North America, America, Comparative study, Human, Female, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0356925
Code Inist : 002B06D01. Création : 12/09/1997.