Living with HIV in Rural America – Stigma and Other Barriers to Care

Living with HIV in Rural America – Stigma and Other Barriers to Care

January 24, 2017
National Center on Innovation in HIV Care

Presenters:

  • John A. Nelson, PhD, CNS, CPNP, Program Director – AIDS Education & Training Center (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, Rutgers School of Nursing;
  • Anna M. Kinder, MS, OTR/L, Program Director – Wyoming AETC, Casper-Natrona County Health Department;
  • Donna Sweet, MD, MACP, AAHIVS, Clinical Director – Kansas AETC, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita

Of all the barriers to accessing healthcare services related to HIV in rural areas of the United States and its territories, the most enduring barrier has been and still is stigma. People living in rural areas of the United States and its territories are significantly less likely to get HIV tested and diagnosed early, to be retained in HIV healthcare, and to be virally suppressed. This presentation will address barriers to healthcare access including stigma by rural healthcare providers and rural healthcare teams affect the health outcomes of persons living with HIV in the United States and its territories.  

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