"They (ARVs) are my life, without them I'm nothing" - experiences of patients attending a HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa
Gilbert, Leah; Walker, Liz
Professor Liz Walker E.Walker@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Health and Social Work Research
This paper is a part of a larger study that explores the "social complexity" of antiretroviral therapy (ART), in resource-limited environments. Drawing on in-depth interviews with a sample of 44 patients in an urban HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, this paper examines how people with HIV/AIDS conceptualise their illness and its treatment in this context. The paper concludes that the fear of stigma plays a significant role in patients' experiences throughout the disease trajectory. Yet, demonstrates that there are indications that ARVs are transforming the experience of living with HIV/AIDS and a process of normalisation is taking place. Despite the resource-limited context and, often, lack of family and community support, patients see the ARVs as 'life saving' and express their long-term commitment to adhere to the drug regimen as well as their trust in health professionals.
Gilbert, L., & Walker, L. (2009). "They (ARVs) are my life, without them I'm nothing" - experiences of patients attending a HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Health and Place, 15(4), (1123-1129). doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.06.006. ISSN 1353-8292
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jun 16, 2009|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 27, 2009|
|Deposit Date||Nov 13, 2014|
|Journal||Health & Place|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||HIV/AIDS; Antiretroviral therapy; South Africa; Illness experience; Resource-limited environments|
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