HIV positive women's perceptions of stigma in health care settings in Western Cape, South Africa

SOURCE: Health Care for Women International
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.A.Okoror, R.BeLue, N.Zungu, A.M.Adam, C.O.Airhihenbuwa
KEYWORDS: HEALTH SERVICES, HIV/AIDS, STIGMATISATION, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE, WOMEN
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH), Office of the CEO (ERM), Office of the CEO (OCEO), Office of the CEO (IL), Office of the CEO (BS), Office of the CEO (IA)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7692

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Abstract

We explored the cultural context of HIV positive women's perceptions of stigma in health care settings in Western Cape, South Africa. We conducted seven focus groups with women living with HIV/AIDS in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. We used deductive/inductive approaches to identify themes. Fifty-one women participated, with ages ranging from 18 to 47. Using the PEN-3 model as a guide, we detected these emergent themes: expectation of care (perceptions), care delivery protocols (enablers), and physical environment (nurturers). We recommend that the cultural context in which care is delivered to women living with HIV/AIDS be considered in efforts to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma in health care settings.