alexa HIV AIDS and African immigrant women in Philadelphia: structural and cultural barriers to care.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

Author(s): Foley EE

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Abstract Although African immigration to American cities is increasing, there is little published demographic or epidemiological data on this population. As growing numbers of HIV-positive Africans seek care at public health centres in the city of Philadelphia, medical personnel are confronted with the challenges of serving this population. This qualitative study explores the perspectives of HIV service providers who are treating this new patient group, and it examines the cultural and structural barriers African women face in the area of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment in the city of Philadelphia. These barriers include legal status, linguistic problems, fear of the American health system, misunderstandings about modes of transmission of HIV, and lack of awareness about antiretroviral treatment. Culturally appropriate education about HIV prevention and treatment needs to be developed for African immigrants, and medical personnel need to understand the experiences, fears, and concerns of this population. This article was published in AIDS Care and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

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