Cultural conceptualizations of HIV and AIDS among female Mexican immigrants
Wallace, Jennifer Kristine
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This thesis explores the cultural conceptualizations of HIV and AIDS among women who are immigrants from Mexico and currently living in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Thirty-four women who are immigrants from Mexico were interviewed in several communities in Athens-Clarke County. Interviews included questions about conceptualizations of HIV/AIDS and beliefs about gender roles and infidelity. Cultural conceptualizations about HIV/AIDS and gender were analyzed using content analysis and cultural models. Analysis of free-list elicitation and multiple response questions included counting frequencies of items. Findings suggest that study participants have a basic understanding of currently presented public health messages about HIV and AIDS, but that they also have divergent beliefs about HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, findings suggest that beliefs about gender roles may possibly pose barriers to prevention.