HIV research, treatment, and support programs in North America have been based on the premise that HIV is a gay man's disease.
HIV also affects women.
The purposes of this study were to : (1) examine the feelings, concerns, and needs of HIV infected women in a mid-sized Canadian city ; and (2) determine whether a community agency for HIV positive persons was adequately supporting women.
With informed consent, HIV positive women attending the community agency or a regional medical care facility were interviewed using qualitative research methods to elicit their lived experience.
Eight women were interviewed (20% of the women who are HIV positive in this center).
Four areas of concern were identified :
(1) the impact of diagnosis on women and their children ;
(2) need for supports specific to HIV positive women ;
(3) differences in needs and supports available to men and women ;
and (4) lack of comfort with, or knowledge about, currently available facilities.
These results are consistent with previously reported research.
HIV positive women who are neither drug-users nor promiscuous feel stigmatized and less supported than HIV positive males.
Recommendations for practice included :
Formulation of self-help groups for women, a more female friendly atmosphere, presence of female staff and other HIV positive women to support these women, and improved inter-agency cooperation.
Many recommendations have been implemented and exceeded. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Emotion émotivité, Expérience subjective, Prise conscience, Besoin, Séropositivité, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Homme, Femelle, Sexe, Support social, Services sociaux, Organisation, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit, Groupe entraide
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Emotion emotionality, Subjective experience, Awareness, Need, Seropositivity, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Human, Female, Sex, Social support, Social assistance, Organization, Canada, North America, America, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0152132
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 21/07/1998.