The Experiences, Needs, and Internet Use of Women Recently Diagnosed With HIV

Elizabeth C. Walsh, Keith J. Horvath, Holly Fisher, Cari Courtenay-Quirk

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Women constitute an increasing proportion of persons diagnosed with HIV in the United States. From September 2007 through June 2008, in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 women diagnosed with HIV in the previous 12 months to explore their experiences immediately following their diagnoses. Most women had at least a high school education (90%) and were African American (45%) or Hispanic (15%). Analysis of transcripts showed that: (a) many women were surprised by the diagnosis because they did not fit the profile of people at high risk for HIV, (b) obtaining social support immediately after an HIV diagnosis was a primary need, and (c) HIV had an impact on a woman's role in her family. We concluded that strategies are urgently needed to identify women at risk for HIV in a timely manner, and addressing the unique experiences and needs of women recently diagnosed with HIV is critical to their well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-338
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Adult
  • Attitude to health
  • Female
  • HIV infections/diagnosis
  • HIV infections/psychology
  • Health education
  • Heterosexuality
  • Internet/utilization
  • Interviews as topic
  • Psychology


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