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Life begins at 60: Identifying the social support needs of African American women aging with HIV

Warren-Jeanpiere, L; Dillaway, H; Hamilton, P; Young, M; Goparaju, L; (2017) Life begins at 60: Identifying the social support needs of African American women aging with HIV. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved , 28 (1) pp. 389-405. 10.1353/hpu.2017.0030. Green open access

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Abstract

HIV chronicity has resulted in increased life expectancy for many African American women who acquired the disease during the epidemic's peak years. As these women live longer and age, their social support needs may increase. Five focus groups were conducted in Washington, DC with 23 HIV-positive African American women aged 52-65 to explore women's perceptions about how aging and HIV chronicity affects their social support needs. Participants were recruited from the longitudinal Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) participant pool. A constant comparison approach was applied during data analysis. Participants reported needing increased social support, especially emotional support from health care providers, family, and HIV-positive peers. The importance of providers and HIV-positive peers was discussed most frequently relative to meeting these needs. Health care providers in particular may need to increase their provision of emotional support when devising treatment plans to meet the social support needs of older HIV-positive African American women.

Type: Article
Title: Life begins at 60: Identifying the social support needs of African American women aging with HIV
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0030
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1353/hpu.2017.0030
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: African Americans, Aged, Aging, Anti-HIV Agents, Female, Focus Groups, HIV Infections, Humans, Middle Aged, Perception, Social Stigma, Social Support, Socioeconomic Factors, Women's Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055852
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