Survival distancing: A grounded theory of living with HIV infection in rural areas
AuthorGray, Joel Ronald, 1962-
AdvisorLongman, Alice J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA disparity of resources for HIV-infected persons exists in rural areas. Unlike any other chronic illness, HIV has no immediate medical intervention until significant disease progression occurs. Lack of curative treatment for a disease process known to induce irrevocable damage to the immune system causes distress, anxiety, and uncertainty. Presently, no theory exists to aid health professionals understand and provide appropriate interventions for these individuals. Considering the negative effects of stress and illness on immune function and the inadequacy of health care services, the purpose of this study was to identify experiences of HIV-infected persons in rural areas. S scURVIVAL D scISTANCING, described experiences by which HIV-infected persons in rural areas balanced limits and accepted the reality of living with chronic illness. Migration of HIV-infected persons, in addition to those indigenous to rural areas, added to challenges in determining health care needs of those infected and needs of those affected by HIV.
Degree ProgramGraduate College