Lift Every Voice: Informal And Formal Social Support Experiences Among African-American Gay Men 50 Years And Older Living With Hiv/Aids
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The purpose and goal of this qualitative hermeneutic phenomenology study was to explore and understand the informal and formal social support experiences among African-American gay men that are 50 and over living with HIV/AIDS. The data collection process included the in-depth interviews of 12 participants. The findings of this study included six themes: 1) HIV Diagnosis Challenges/Coping Abilities 2) Formal Support Resource Availability 3) Perceived Informal and Formal HIV-related stigma 5) Ageism Bias 6) HIV Medication Adherence Challenges. From a macro implications perspective, social workers, policy advocates/legislators, LGBT advocates, and medical service providers must consider ways to reduce HIV-related stigma and ageism for this vulnerable population through the facilitation of interdisciplinary teams. Interdisciplinary teams can help build an inclusive systematic environment for older African-American gay men and all LGBT populations living with HIV/AIDS.