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Facilitating and supporting HIV+ parenthood: Lessons for developing the advocate role of voluntary HIV support services workers

Facilitating and supporting HIV+ parenthood: Lessons for developing the advocate role of voluntary HIV support services workers

Cane, Tam Pheona Chipawe (2018) Facilitating and supporting HIV+ parenthood: Lessons for developing the advocate role of voluntary HIV support services workers. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 16. pp. 186-191. ISSN 1877-5756 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.srhc.2018.04.001)

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Abstract

Objective:
Increasingly as people living with HIV (PLWHIV) aim to become parents, they engage with HIV voluntary services for support through either fertility or adoption services. Yet, little is known about the role of HIV support services workers in facilitating access to fertility treatment or child adoption. The purpose of this study was to explore the role of HIV support workers based in HIV voluntary organisations who have a key role helping PLWHIV in navigating relevant fertility and adoption processes.

Methods:
This was an exploratory qualitative study which involved interviewing six HIV support workers, from across the UK. Interviews were conducted using face to face interviews, recorded and transcribed.

Results:
Findings revealed that HIV services support workers provide practical support in advocating service provision, and emotional and social support along the journey. They also face challenges in their role from health care professionals including information sharing and gatekeeping.

Conclusion:
The role of HIV support workers is important in facilitating access to resources and complex systems. HIV support workers should be recognised and as they are often a trusted professional to address stigma, discrimination and barriers to services. The study contributes to research seeking to understand the emerging needs and support requirements for people living with HIV seeking fertility and adoption. Further work in this area is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adoption; HIV; Charitable organisations; HIV-coordinators; Fertility; Parenthood
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Faculty of Education & Health > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2019 01:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19983

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