Patient and Provider Perspectives on HIV Stigma in Healthcare Settings in Underserved Areas of the US South: A Mixed Methods Study

Academic Article


  • Stigma experienced in healthcare settings is a barrier to ending the HIV epidemic. Using a convergent parallel mixed methods approach, we collected qualitative data from 14 focus groups with People with HIV (PWH) and Healthcare workers (HCW) and quantitative survey data (N = 762 PWH and N = 192 HCW) from seven HIV healthcare clinics outside of major urban areas in the southeastern US. Four key themes emerged: (1) HIV-related stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings; (2) experiences of intersectional stigma; (3) disclosure concerns in healthcare settings; and (4) impact of stigma on HIV-related health behavior. Implications for future stigma interventions in healthcare settings include the importance of engaging PWH in the development of interventions, the need for interventions in settings that do not specialize in HIV care, and the importance of engaging all staff when addressing HIV-related stigma.
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  • AIDS and Behavior  Journal
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    Author List

  • Crockett KB; Turan B; Whitfield S; Kay ES; Budhwani H; Fifolt M; Hauenstein K; Ladner MD; Sewell J; Payne-Foster P
  • Start Page

  • 112
  • End Page

  • 124
  • Volume

  • 26