Sociocultural determinants of HIV/AIDS risk and service use among immigrant latinos in North Carolina

W. Patrick Bowden, Scott D. Rhodes, Aimee M. Wilkin, Christine P. Jolly

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Abstract

Latinos in the United States have been disproportionately affected by the intersecting epidemics of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Using a community-based participatory research approach to problem identification, the objective of this study is to explore sociocultural determinants of HIV/AIDS risk and service use among immigrant Latino men living with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina. In-depth key-informant interviews with stake-holders (n = 8) and Latino men living with HIV/AIDS (n = 10) were conducted. Major themes identified among Latino men living with HIV/AIDS are misconceptions about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, intracommunity discrimination against individuals living with HIV, and feared discovery of their undocumented status. Further research is needed to reduce HIV risk and improve access to medical services among Latino men living with HIV/AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-562
Number of pages17
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hispanics
  • Interviews
  • Latinos
  • Qualitative data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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