Life With HIV: Insights from HIV-infected Women in Cameroon, Central Africa

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Women in Cameroon are disproportionately burdened by HIV illness. Understanding the impact HIV has on women is essential for developing interventions to enhance their quality of life. Our aim was to explore and provide an in-depth understanding of the daily experiences of a sample of women living with HIV in Cameroon. Qualitative semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with women (N = 30) from the northwest region of Cameroon who self-reported being infected with HIV. Participants shared that they had multiple challenges in their daily experiences living with HIV. The themes that emerged included: (a) receiving an HIV diagnosis is traumatic, (b) living with HIV is a constant struggle, (c) limited resources and support cause problems, and (d) stigma and powerlessness exacerbate the impact of HIV. We provide insight into the daily experiences of HIV-infected women in Cameroon. Implications for improving health care and social services to women living with HIV in Cameroon are suggested.

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