UK and Ireland guidelines state that all pregnant women should have their first antenatal care appointment by 13 weeks of pregnancy. This study presents the results of an analysis looking […]Read more
Category: Literature reviews
These articles present relatively recent qualitative research findings that provide insight into current issues in HIV prevention, treatment care and support affecting women in the UK.
They may be a useful source for researchers exploring these issues further, for service providers who want greater insight into similar issues they are responding to or for others looking to understand the experience of women living with HIV in the UK.
A literature review of peer reviewed journal articles was conducted in Autumn 2015 using the PubMed data base for keywords including: women or gender + HIV or AIDS + UK or Great Britain.
The review was intended to make available recent articles on women in the UK which explored psycho/social issues rather than biomedical aspects.
Clearly there are gaps in knowledge in terms more recent findings, representation of regions of the UK, and range of demographic groups. We urge for a continued research agenda which helps enhance HIV prevention, treatment care and support for women in the UK and around the world.
Sherr, L., Clucas, C., Lampe, F., Harding, R., Fisher, M., Anderson, J., Clucas, C. (2012). ‘Gender and Mental Health Aspects of Living with HIV Disease and Its Longer-Term Outcomes for UK Heterosexual Patients’. Women & Health, 52(3), pp. 214-233.
Gender is important in the experience of illness generally and HIV specifically. In this study the authors compare the experiences of 183 HIV positive women with 76 HIV positive heterosexual […]Read more
Samuel, M., Welch, J., Tenant-Flowers, M., Poulton, M., Campbell, L., & Taylor, C. (2014). ‘Care of HIV-positive women aged 50 and over – can we do better?’. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 25(4), pp. 303–305.
This study presents findings from a sample of 123 HIV-positive women aged 50 years and over. It showed high rates (71%) of late diagnosis wherein CD4 count was <350, significant […]Read more
Ridge, D., Ziebland, S., Anderson, J., Williams, I., & Elford, J. (2007). Positive prevention: Contemporary issues facing HIV positive people negotiating sex in the UK, Social Science & Medicine, 65, pp. 755–770.
By 2007 over 40,000 were living with HIV in the UK and ‘positive prevention’ interventions were beginning to focus HIV prevention on people living with HIV. There was uncertainty about […]Read more
Moses, S. H., & Dhar, J. (2012). ‘A survey of the sexual and reproductive health of HIV-positive women in Leicester’. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 23, pp. 282–284.
This article reports results from a survey of sexual practices, contraception use and pregnancy plans in HIV-positive women in Leicester. The majority (96%) of women were aware of the benefits […]Read more
Doyal, L., & Anderson, J. (2015). ‘HIV-positive African women surviving in London: report of a qualitative study’. Gender & Development, 14(1), pp. 95-104.
A decade later new analysis found that about three-quarters of all women in the UK diagnosed as HIV positive come from the African continent. However, very little is still known […]Read more
Dhairyawan, R., Tariq, S., Scourse, R., & Coyne, K. (2013). ‘Intimate partner violence in women living with HIV attending an inner city clinic in the UK: prevalence and associated factors’. HIV Medicine, 14(5), pp. 303–310.
Many studies throughout the world have shown high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by women living with HIV but data from the UK has been lacking. This study […]Read more
Cliffe, S., Townsend, C. L., Cortina-Borja, M., & Newell, M-L. (2011). ‘Fertility intentions of HIV-infected women in the United Kingdom’. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 23(9), pp. 1093-1101
In the UK the number of pregnancies in women living with HIV increased dramatically over a decade but attitudes towards childbearing among women living with HIV have not been previously […]Read more
Doyal, L., & Anderson, J. (2005). ‘‘My fear is to fall in love again’ How HIV-positive African women survive in London’. Social Science & Medicine, 60, pp. 1729–1738
A decade ago studies increasingly documented the circumstances of people living with HIV around the world, particularly about the experiences of women in the hyper endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. […]Read more
Dibb, B. & Kamalesh, T. (2012). ‘Exploring positive adjustment in HIV positive African women living in the UK’. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 24(2), pp. 143-148
Research into living with HIV has mainly focused on quality of life and there has been little focus on the adjustment process for people living with HIV. The numbers of […]Read more