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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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RIVERA-DIAZ, Marinilda et al. Socio structural factors and HIV/AIDS stigma: Experiences from puerto ricans living with HIV/AIDS accesing health services. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2012, vol.3, n.2, pp.180-192. ISSN 0718-7475.

HIV/AIDS stigma continues to affect the provision of health services and the physical and mental well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS. The scientific literature has highlighted the importance of understanding stigma manifestations that surpass one-on-one social interactions. For that reason, social research in Puerto Rico and elsewhere has highlighted the importance of understanding the Socio-Structural Factors (SSFs) that foster HIV/AIDS stigma. With the objective of exploring the SSFs that influence stigma manifestations related to HIV/AIDS, we studied and analyzed 9 focus groups composed of women and men undergoing HIV/AIDS treatment who had experienced social stigma related to the disease. Participants identified SSFs that they understood were related to stigma such as the development of housing projects for people with HIV/AIDS, the decentralization of health related services, and health services administrative protocols that fostered exclusion. Results demonstrate the importance of addressing SSFs when developing stigma related interventions for this population.

Keywords : Stigma; Health professionals; Socio structural factors; HIV/AIDS.

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