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Open Access Providing a Safe Place: Adopting a Cultural Safety Perspective in the Care of Aboriginal Women Living With HIV/AIDS Offrir un lieu sûr : l'adoption d'une perspective de sécurisation culturelle dans les soins prodigués aux femmes autochtones vivant avec le VIH-sida

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Aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to die of AIDS-related illnesses and less likely to access treatment for their HIV infection than the general population infected with HIV. A study examining the lives and experiences of Aboriginal women facing significant socio-economic barriers and living with HIV/AIDS uncovered a number of themes related to their experiences with health care, including fear of rejection. The participants were reluctant to access health services because they feared judgemental and discriminatory attitudes. It was evident that they felt unsafe accessing care. The authors examine how cultural safety principles might be applied in therapeutic relationships with Aboriginal women as part of the process of facilitating access to care that is acceptable and timely.

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Les femmes autochtones qui vivent avec le VIH-sida sont plus susceptibles de mourir de maladies liées au sida et moins susceptibles d'avoir accès à des traitements pour leur infection au VIH que la population générale infectée par le VIH. Une étude examinant la vie et l'expérience de femmes autochtones faisant face à d'importants obstacles socio-économiques et vivant avec le VIH-sida a mis à jour divers thèmes liés à leur expérience des soins de santé, y compris la peur du rejet. Les participantes étaient réticentes à accéder aux services de santé parce qu'elles craignaient les jugements et la discrimination. Il était évident qu'elles ne se sentaient pas en sécurité dans un contexte de prestation de soins. Les auteures examinent la façon de mettre en œuvre les principes de sécurisation culturelle dans les relations thérapeutiques avec les femmes autochtones afin de faciliter le processus d'accès aux soins et le rendre acceptable, en temps opportuns.

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Keywords: ABORIGINAL WOMEN; ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES; CULTURAL SAFETY; HIV/AIDS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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