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Vol XIV: Ch 2 Lived Experiences from Nine HIV+ African Women That Contributed to Their HIV Seroconversion and Their Insights for HIV Prevention
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker® Vol XIV: Health Care: The Impact on Leadership, Business, and Education.
SummaryAfrican American females contract HIV mainly through heterosexual exposure that deems seroconversion or HIV transmission a behaviorally acquired disease. Therefore, HIV is largely preventable provided if specific prevention strategies and intervention are accessible and implemented prior to risky behavior or unprotected sex with an infected male. Nine HIV positive African American females from ages 39 to 78 shared their deepest perceptions, though many unpleasant, of their lived experiences that resulted in their seroconversion and brought meaning to their highly stigmatized disease and sufferings. In addition, each participant provided information on how they, health care leaders, and HIV/AIDS prevention advocates such as the lead researcher can reach out to prevent future generations from having to live their experiences.
The spiritual underpinnings of the participants’ lived experiences produced the importance of the theme for personal spirituality and clearly defined the need for spirituality and faith based initiatives in reducing HIV transmission. Of all ethnic populations in the industrialized world, African Americans are by far the most spiritually led population (Gallup & Newport, 2006 Nobles, 1996), and an estimate of more than 80% of African Americans report that religious convictions direct and sustain their lives (Gallup & Newport, 2006).