A qualitative exploration of parental experiences of stigma while living with HIV in Bangladesh

Islam, Md Shahidul, Scott, John, & Minichiello, Victor (2016) A qualitative exploration of parental experiences of stigma while living with HIV in Bangladesh. AIDS Care, 28(2), pp. 247-249.

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Abstract

With much of the focus on the “risk” groups, families have often been less studied in HIV research. Further, because of a focus on the aetiology and epidemiology of HIV, the social impacts associated with HIV on families and neighbours are sometimes overlooked. This study examined parental experiences of stigma and discrimination while living with HIV within a family context in Bangladesh. A qualitative research design using a grounded theory approach was used for this research. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with 19 HIV-positive parents, recruited with the support of two self-help groups of HIV-positive people, in two settings namely Khulna and Dhaka in Bangladesh. The findings indicate that HIV-positive parents held the view that they continue to experience significant stigma and their narratives clearly show how this affected them and their children. A range of informal practices were enacted in everyday contexts by extended family and community members to identify, demarcate and limit the social interaction of HIV-positive parents. Parents highlighted a number of factors including negative thoughts and behaviours, rejection, isolation and derogatory remarks as manifestations of stigma and discrimination, impacting upon them and their children because of their association with HIV.

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ID Code: 86644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 17 August 2015. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 17 February 2017.
Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Bangladesh, Stigma, Children, Family
DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1074651
ISSN: 1360-0451
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in AIDS Care, 17 August 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09540121.2015.1074651
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2015 04:46
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 11:45

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