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    The experience of antiretroviral treatment for Black West African women who are HIV positive and living in London: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Spiers, Johanna and Smith, Jonathan A. and Poliquin, E. and Anderson, J. and Horne, R. (2016) The experience of antiretroviral treatment for Black West African women who are HIV positive and living in London: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. AIDS and Behaviour 20 (9), pp. 2151-2163. ISSN 1090-7165.

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    Abstract

    Antiretroviral therapy (ART) offers a powerful intervention in HIV but effectiveness can be compromised by inadequate adherence. This paper is a detailed examination of the experience of medication in a purposively selected group of people living with HIV. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 HIV positive, West African women of black heritage living in London, UK. This group was of interest since it is the second largest group affected by HIV in the UK. Interviews were subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis, an idiographic, experiential, qualitative approach. The paper details the women’s negative experience of treatment. ART can be considered difficult and unrelenting and may be disconnected from the women’s sense of health or illness. Participants’ social context often exacerbated the difficulties. Some reported an improvement in their feelings about the medication over time. These findings point to some intrinsic and social motivators which could act as spurs to adherence.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10461-015-1274-9
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Qualitative, Medication, Adherence, Stigma
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Jonathan A Smith
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 09:36
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 10:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13874

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