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Title

Stigma Reduction Among African American Women with HIV: UNITY Health Study.

Authors

D Rao, CG Kemp, D Huh, et al

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Other

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Journal Name

JAIDS

Publication Date

3/8/2018

PubMed Search

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29528941

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PMID

29528941

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

African American women encounter disproportionately high rates of HIVrelated morbidity and mortality which is partially mediated through stigma and its effect on HIV treatment adherence.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effect of the UNITY peer support workshop on HIV-related stigma among African American women living with HIV, compared to a time and attention control group.

METHODS:

African American women living with HIV were randomized to the UNITY workshop or a breast cancer education control group. Interventions took place in HIV clinics in Chicago, IL and Birmingham, AL. Participants self-reported HIV-related stigma and social support at baseline, post-workshop, and 4 follow-up visits over 12 months.

RESULTS:

239 participants (UNITY n=124; breast cancer education n=115) were assessed over one year. Both arms experienced decreases in mean stigma scores over time. Our model estimated that allocation to UNITY was not associated with a significant difference in stigma points over time. Post-hoc analysis suggested that preceding increases in perceived social support are associated with decreased HIVrelated stigma in this population.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although UNITY did not significantly reduce HIV-related stigma in this population, our findings suggest that social support may be key to HIV-related stigma reduction.

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Topic

Behavior; Black; Intervention; Women; stigma

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