The goal of this project was to better understand the experiences and impacts of HIV stigma and discrimination on people living with HIV and to co-create knowledge that has the potential to challenge existing stigma within the healthcare, social services, and public policy sectors in the province of Alberta, Canada. We employed community-based participatory research and a mixed methods design (survey methods and qualitative interviews) to address these questions. An online survey was completed by 148 people living with HIV and semi-structured interviews were conducted with an additional 20 participants. The research findings have been conceptualized within a social ecological model. The four main categories that emerged from the data included personal level factors attributed to HIV stigma, interpersonal factors related to HIV stigma, community factors related to HIV stigma, and HIV stigma in systems and institutions. Within each ecological domain we highlight the strengths and coping strategies people living with HIV identified in the study. Results will be of interest to health researchers and HIV service providers.
HIV, stigma, discrimination, community-based participatory research
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Oliver, B., Pearl, C., Felix – John, E. S., Norris, D., Elizabeth Olaniyan, F. J., Samson, K., dela Cruz, A., Aseselin, G., Berezowski, K., Hayward, C., Vam Tassel, B., & Visser, F. (2023). Understanding Lived Experiences of Stigma for People Living with HIV: A Community Based Participatory Research Study. The Qualitative Report, 28(2), 623-643. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5238