Problems with health care workers: assumptions about drug use, sex work, promiscuity
Women often have first contact with with health professionals so, in couples, where both positive HIV is “seen as the woman’s fault”
Issues around having children,difficulties with GPs understanding latest information on maternal transmission. When to tell children if parent is HIV+?
A positive woman on disclosure to sex partners I think I’d prefer to be in front of 2000 A positive woman speaking about disclosure to sex partners I think I’d prefer to be in front of 2000 people speaking about HIV than I would having to tell a partner than I have HIV. It hasn’t got easier over the years as it’s not something generally discussed amongst the straight community Diane, Perth, WA
Greatest fear is disclosure within your own community
Positive ATSI often prefer not to use Aboriginal Health Services because of family connections
ATSI often don’t get culturally appropriate service from mainstream practitioners
Cause of stigma: ATSI? Cause of Stigma: ATSI? ATSI experience an added stigma on top of racist views that many in Australia hold and the perception that “dirty black fellas” would get a disease like HIV because of high rates of promiscuity and STIs. The risk factors for HIV are much more complex and are better seen as coming from ATSI’s disempowerment from society Bev, PATSIN member, former ATSI health worker
It’s the number one issue of concern for heterosexual positive men. Many have not had a relationship or sex in years. Many of the guys survive by not disclosing to sex partners and hoping things don’t get messy.
It’s partly a masculinity issue. These guys don’t want to put themselves in situations where they have to admit a weakness or face rejection