Through in-depth interviews the testing experiences of HIV-infected women were examined.
The barriers that impeded the women from recognizing their at-risk status and from seeking testing once their vulnerability was acknowledged are discussed.
Also described are the pathways that led women into testing.
The data reveal that lack of understanding about risk behaviors, ignorance of their partner's risk practices, lack of information about HIV-re-lated symptoms, and perceived invulnerability to infection were the principal barriers to women recognizing their at-risk status.
The women's accounts also indicate that psychological factors-fear and denial-are the principal barriers to seeking testing once one acknowledges vulnerability.
Finally, the data show that few women made a thoughtful proactive decision to be tested but rather seemed to be led by circumstances to learn their status, sometimes unwittingly.
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Femelle, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Dépistage, Expérience personnelle, Attitude, Comportement, Noir américain, Latinoaméricain, Caucasoïde, Ethnie, Temps attente, Prise risque, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Female, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Medical screening, Personal experience, Attitude, Behavior, Black American, Latinamerican, Caucasoid, Ethnic group, Waiting time, Risk taking, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0232724
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 11/09/1998.