HIV-Related Felt Stigma among Puerto Ricans Living with HIV/AIDS: A Focus Group Study

  • Julio Jimenez Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Marangelie Morales Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
  • Ana Sala
  • Marieva Puig University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
  • Laura Deliz
  • Eida Castro Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Lydia Santiago University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
  • Carmen Zorrilla University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Abstract

Stigma negatively impacts the wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Feeling stigmatized is known to affect key areas of daily lives of PLWHA. This study characterizes the experience of perceived stigma among a group of Puerto Ricans LWHA, through a focus group (FG) approach. A total of 40 participants were recruited from Ryan White agencies at the southern area of Puerto Rico. A qualitative study was performed to gather data concerning participants’ feelings, opinions, and perceptions. The FG were audio recorded and transcribed into a written report. Content analysis was performed and the topics were coded for inter-rate reliability. The topics derived were related to: stigma experiences of rejection, emotional reactions, disclosure, reactions of others, PLWHA coping, physical appearance, and affective relationships.

Author Biographies

Julio Jimenez, Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Julio Jimenez-Chavez, M.D. Psychology Department, Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Marangelie Morales, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Psy.D
Ana Sala
B.A.
Marieva Puig, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Clinical Psychology, Ph.D
Laura Deliz
Clinical Psychology, Psy.D
Eida Castro, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Clinical Psychology, Psy.D

Lydia Santiago, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Clinical Psychology, Psy.D
Carmen Zorrilla, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
M.D.
Published
2013-01-03
How to Cite
Jimenez, J., Morales, M., Sala, A., Puig, M., Deliz, L., Castro, E., Santiago, L., & Zorrilla, C. (2013). HIV-Related Felt Stigma among Puerto Ricans Living with HIV/AIDS: A Focus Group Study. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 45(3). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v45i3.163