Factors associated with HIV-infected women's delay in seeking medical care

V. H. Raveis, K. Siegel, E. Gorey

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Data from an investigation of HIV-infected African-American, Puerto Rican and non-Hispanic white women's treatment behaviour and decision-making are presented. Findings are based on a thematic analysis of the narrative accounts of 31 women who exhibited significant delay in seeing a physician about their HIV infection after testing positive for HIV antibodies. Analysis of the women's qualitative inerview data indicated that a variety of barriers impeded them from actively pursuing treatment. The women's psychological responses to learning their serostatus were the most pervasive factors associated with delaying seeking care. Implications of the analysis for informing the design of secondary prevention efforts to move women into treatment earlier are discussed, such as the need to develop interventions or supportive services designed to assist women in coming to terms with their infected status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-562
Number of pages14
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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