HIV/ AIDS and the Socioeconomic Environment: The Significance of understanding lived experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS to treatmerit and prevention in Rural Uganda

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Nalugya, Olivia
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2016-03-01
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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and HIV prevalence is highest among individuals or communities with low socioeconomic status. Despite the introduction of behavioral prevention strategies and improved access to Antiretroviral Therapy, incidence of HIV/ AIDS in low resource settings keeps increasing. Sub-Saharan African countries account for the most HIV/ AIDS cases worldwide. However, people living with HIV/ AIDS in rural areas in this region are faced with social determinants of health that limit their ability to deal with HIV/AIDS. This study explores the significance of incorporating socioeconomic factors and health determinants in treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in rural Uganda. The study was carried out in various villages of Kakiri Subcounty in Uganda and it presents experiences of HIV/ AIDS caregivers. Results from this study, show that socioeconomic factors such as food access, gender and poverty limit the ability of HIV/ AIDS ·patients to cope with the disease. Therefore, treatment and prevention programs should also focus on eliminating social and economic barriers to healthcare access in low resource settings such as the villages in this study. Implications of such programs are evidenced in current initiatives and programs that speak to the social and economic needs of people living with HIV/ AIDS.
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viii, 43p.
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