HIV-Related Felt Stigma among Puerto Ricans Living with HIV/AIDS: A Focus Group Study
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.
Copyright (c) 2016 Julio Jimenez, Marangelie Morales, Ana Sala, Marieva Puig, Laura Deliz, Eida Castro, Lydia Santiago, Carmen Zorrilla
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