The experience of HIV/AIDS among rural women in the northwestern United States: A qualitative analysis

Joyce T. Mphande-Finn, John Sommers-Flanagan

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Abstract

The unique experience of HIV/AIDS among rural women in the United States was explored using qualitative interviews with 7 women who are HIV positive. Based on these interviews, eight themes emerged. These included (a) daily powerful emotions, (b) emotional and physical abandonment, (c) romantic betrayal, (d) medical treatment issues, (e) loss and grief, (f) appreciating a good support system, (g) renewed purpose for living, and (h) personal growth and transformation. Results are discussed with regard to future research and practice with rural women with HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on the importance of social support and counseling opportunities in facilitating women's progress through the emotional process associated with HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

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