Looking forward, looking back: A qualitative analysis of a focus group of HIV positive Latinas

Edna Acosta-Pérez, Nilda Peragallo

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The AIDS epidemic continues to increase among women, especially minority women, in the United States. The objective of this study was to describe experiences of HIV positive Latina and their perceptions of the community's HIV awareness and prevention needs. In this study we analyzed the results of one focus group whose participants were recruited during March of 1997 at a community-based organization. A demographic assessment was administered. The focus group included ten women ranging in ages from 29 to 44 years old. The women reported that cultural factors and knowledge deficits influence the perceptions and reactions to HIV/AIDS. They were also aware of the barriers encountered in their inner-city regarding HIV/AIDS prevention. There is a critical need to develop culturally tailored programs and interventions for low-income inner-city Latino families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
JournalInteramerican Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Focus group
  • Gender relations
  • HIV positive Latinas
  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Safer sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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