Ageing with HIV/AIDS: A Scoping Study Among People Aged 50 and Over Living in Quebec

Ageing with HIV/AIDS: A Scoping Study Among People Aged 50 and Over Living in Quebec

Ageing with HIV/AIDS: A Scoping Study Among People Aged 50 and Over Living in Quebec

Ageing with HIV/AIDS: A Scoping Study Among People Aged 50 and Over Living in Quebecs

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Référence bibliographique [11896]

Wallach, Isabelle et Brotman, Shari. 2012. «Ageing with HIV/AIDS: A Scoping Study Among People Aged 50 and Over Living in Quebec ». Ageing & Society, vol. 33, no 7, p. 1212 - 1242.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«Our objective is to highlight the critical issues confronted by PLHIV50+ [people living with HIV of 50 and over]. This article proposes therefore to describe the impact of the intersection of HIV and ageing on the identities and lived experiences of PLHIV50+, both on a psychological (ageing experience, body image, self-perception) and social (relational, professional, socioeconomic) level, in order to offer a picture of their lived experience.» (p. 1216)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«In total, five men and four women aged 50 years or over and living with HIV were interviewed. These participants were aged between 50 and 68 years old. With respect to their sexual orientation, four respondents identified as gay and one man and four women identified as heterosexual. All of those recruited to participate in the study were francophone.» (p. 1221)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«Through the rich and diverse stories of nine individuals, we were able to explore the central themes of the body, social relationships, work and economic realities facing this population. PLHIV50+ represent a population that is particularly subject to psycho-social and economic difficulties. Through their stories, participants shared how living at the intersection of HIV and ageing shapes their lives and significantly limits their possibilities of economic and social security. Even though some of the problems faced by PLHIV50+ are related to the experience of corporal changes and a deterioration of physical health, our research was able to highlight that most are attributable to societal and structural factors underlying the stigma of HIV and ageing.» (p. 1235) «The results of our study demonstrate that while certain participants feared rejection by their children or were subjected to their negative attitudes with respect to their seropositivity, others (and sometimes the same person at two different times) benefited from strong support from their children. Our results suggest that participants who received the most support were those whose children accepted their seropositivity. Conversely, stigma of HIV seemed to lead some children to eclipse the needs of their parents and to withhold the support that they would otherwise have provided.» (p. 1231)