The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the issues of HIV/AIDS disclosure and stigma faced by older gay Latino men, as well as their sources of support and coping strategies. This study employed face-to-face interviews with 17 self-identified gay Latino men who were HIV-positive and 50 years or older. Questions from a researcher-developed interview guide elicited responses about the challenges and strengths of living with HIV/AIDS.
Findings suggest that respondents experience fear of disclosure to family and friends, and there continues to be stigma related to HIV/AIDS among this group. Respondents indicated sources of support, which help them cope with HIV, and recommendations to other adult men and women to assist them in coping with the disease. Recommendations for social work included being aware about gay Latino men's fear of HIV disclosure, informed about resources for this population, and being better informed about Latino cultural values.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social psychology, Social work, GLBT Studies, Hispanic American studies|
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