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What HIV-Positive Young Women Want from Behavioral Interventions: A Qualitative Approach

Publication: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Volume 26, Issue Number 5

Abstract

Young women living with HIV in the United States face many social and psychological challenges, including involvement in health care and secondary prevention efforts. The factors that put these young women at risk for HIV acquisition initially, such as poverty, gender roles, cultural norms, and limited perceived control over sexual relationships, continue to place them at risk for both adverse mental and physical health outcomes that impact their daily lives and secondary prevention efforts. This study utilized focus groups with young HIV-positive women in order to better understand their perceived problems and pressures and to inform a developmentally appropriate secondary prevention intervention for young HIV-positive women that could be implemented in clinical care settings. Focus groups with young HIV-positive women were convened in three U.S. cities: Baltimore, Chicago, and Tampa. A total of 17 young, HIV-positive women, age range 17–24 (mean age=21), participated in the focus groups. This article describes the psychological and social challenges these young women face as well as their suggestions regarding secondary HIV prevention intervention components.

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cover image AIDS Patient Care and STDs
AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Volume 26Issue Number 5May 2012
Pages: 291 - 297
PubMed: 22675725

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Published in print: May 2012
Published online: 26 April 2012
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Sybil Hosek, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer Brothers, M.P.H.
Department of Psychiatry, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.
Diana Lemos, and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions, M.P.H.
Department of Psychiatry, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.

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Address correspondence to:Sybil Hosek, Ph.D.Division of Child & Adolescent PsychiatryJohn Stroger Hospital of Cook County1900 West Polk Street, 8th FloorChicago, IL 60612E-mail: [email protected]

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