Perceived barriers to HIV care among HIV-infected women in the Deep South.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Despite the wide availability of effective treatments for HIV disease, many HIV-infected individuals are not in care, and HIV-infected women, particularly those residing in resource-poor areas, may have greater difficulty accessing HIV care than men. The purpose of this research was to explore perceived barriers to care experienced by HIV-infected women living in the Deep South region of the United States. Qualitative research methods were used to generate in-depth descriptions of women's experiences in accessing HIV care. Participants (N = 40) were recruited from 4 community-based HIV service organizations to participate in focus groups. Sessions lasted approximately 2 hours and were audio recorded. Verbatim transcripts, demographic data, and observational notes were subjected to content analysis strategies that coded the data into categories. Five categories of barriers to HIV care were identified as follows: personal, social, financial, geographic/transportation, and health system barriers. Implications of the findings for future research and practice are discussed in this study.
  • Keywords

  • Female, Focus Groups, HIV Infections, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Quality of Life, Southeastern United States
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    Author List

  • Moneyham L; McLeod J; Boehme A; Wright L; Mugavero M; Seal P; Norton WE; Kempf M-C
  • Start Page

  • 467
  • End Page

  • 477
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 6