Reconstructing my life: Becoming a long-term survivor of AIDS

Julie Barroso

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Abstract

This naturalistic study reports the ways of becoming a long-term survivor of AIDS. Ethnographic interviewing techniques were used to interview a purposive sample of 14 men and 6 women who had AIDS for at least 3 years and who were living in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida, area. Part of a larger study on the phenomenon of surviving AIDS, the ways of becoming a long-term survivor are embedded within 5 dimensions that allowed participants to reconstruct their lives within the context of AIDS. The reconstructed life was a process supported by normalizing, focusing on living, taking care of oneself, being in relation to others, and triumphing. This study offers health care providers strategies to assist people in all stages of HIV disease to find health within the context of their illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-74
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1997
Externally publishedYes

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HIV Long-Term Survivors
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
Health Personnel
Survivors
HIV
Interviews
illness
Health
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Disease
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Reconstructing my life : Becoming a long-term survivor of AIDS. / Barroso, Julie.

In: Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 7, No. 1, 02.1997, p. 57-74.

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