Travers, Robb; Paoletti, Dino
December 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Winter99, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p271
Academic Journal
Thirty-two HIV positive youth were interviewed regarding the challenges of living with HIV infection and barriers to HIV/AIDS and youth services. Participants reported emotional concerns arising from stigma, societal fears and misinformation regarding till, Thematic analysis of transcribed interview tapes identified II key themes, including initial periods of denial subsequent to testing positive for HIV self- blame and shame regarding infection, judgements by family and peers, issues concerning disclosure, social isolation and loneliness. Participants also reported barriers in accessing sometimes urgently needed HID/AIDS services and other support services for youth. Possible reasons for and responses to these unmet service needs are presented.


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