HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment Open Journal

Special Editions

  • HIV-Related Stigma across the Lifespan

    A Special Edition by

    HIV/AIDS Research and Treatment – Open Journal(HARTOJ)

    Submissions deadline: June 30th, 2016 (Article processing charges: $99)

    Decision letters sent to authors on or before: August 31st, 2016

    Final accepted manuscript published: Published online immediately.

    Special Edition Editors

    Guest Editor

    Safiya George Dalmida, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Director of Scholarly Affairs
    Capstone College of Nursing
    The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
    Tel. (205) 348-1033; 1-800-313-3591 (Toll Free)
    Fax: (205)348-5559

    Guest Editor

    Pamela Payne-Foster, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor
    Deputy Director, Institute for Rural Health Research
    College of Community Health Sciences
    The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
    Tel. (205) 348-5148

     Introduction of Special Edition

    People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) across all ages experience some degree of HIV-related stigma. Although HIV/AIDS is now considered a chronic, treatable illness, stigma continues to be an issue for many PLWHA and may affect engagement and retention in HIV care. Additionally, stigma reduces the likelihood that PLWHAs will disclose their status to others, which may play a role obtaining care and social support, and inthe risk of transmitting the virus to others (Simoni & Pantelone, 2005). Stigma also serves as a barrier to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment (Mahajan, et al., 2008) and maycontribute to the expansion of the epidemic (Visser, Kershaw, Makin & Forsyth, 2008). Stigmatization may lead to feelings of shame, guilt, self-loathing and depression, which can result in low self-esteem and decreased social interactions (Emlet, 2007; Galvan, Davis, Banks and Bean, 2008). PLWHA have reported being stigmatized by family and friends, as well as losing their jobs or housing (Herek, 1999). Because ofthe negative health outcomes related to stigma, strategies and interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma have been identified, developed and recommended for implementation in both developed and developing countries. Heijnders and van der Meij (2006) reviewed pertinent literature and identified numerous strategies and five levels of intervention to reduce stigma: 1) intrapersonal, 2) interpersonal, 3) organizational/institutional, 4) community, and 5) governmental/structural. Education is the common thread in interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma. Heijnders and van der Meij (2006) argue that interventions must empower PLWHAs to take an active role in developing relevant stigma-reduction programs in their communities. It is important that outcomes be assessed to determine effective strategies for different populations. A recent literature review of interventions to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma has shown that measures used to evaluate stigma reduction in intervention studies were disparate or inadequate. Additionally, none of the studies addressed or showed any outcomes related to increased HIV testing, access to care and treatment, new and improved policies, or improved social support. However, knowledge gaps persist about the impact of HIV-related stigma on HIV-specific outcomes and in various age groups. This special edition solicits high quality manuscripts about HIV-related stigma and the role of stigma on HIV-related outcomes. Submitted papers may be in the form of original qualitative or quantitative research, case reports, and integrative literature reviews. This special edition invites manuscripts from all disciplines.

    Dr. Safiya George Dalmida & Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster

    (Guest Editors)


    Age, Stigma, Adherence and Clinical Indicators in HIV-Infected Women

    Katryna McCoy*, Melinda Higgins, Julie Ann Zuñiga and Marcia McDonnell Holstad

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    Brief Research Report

    Barriers and Facilitators to HIV Testing Among Women

    Graham J. McDougall*, Safiya George Dalmida, Pamela Payne Foster and Joe Burrage

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    Brief Research

    Perceptions of HIV-Associated Stigma in the U.S. Virgin Islands

    Elizabeth Di Valerio, Safiya George Dalmida*, Tai Hunte-Ceasar, Amy Schweizer, Gritell C.B. Martinez, Alexandra Savinkina, Laura Harker, Kate Yuhas, Kelsey Simhachalam, Hayley Robinett, Peiyuan Huang, Brittany Freeman and George C.T. Mugoya

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    HIV Knowledge, Perceived Risk and Gender as Modulators of Salivary HIV Rapid Testing in African

    Pamela Payne Foster*, Safiya George Dalmida, Graham J McDougall and Joe Burrage

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    Engagement of African Americans with Rapid HIV Testing and HIV Care

    Safiya George Dalmida*, Graham J. McDougall Jr., George C. T. Mugoya, Pamela Payne Foster, Makenzie Plyman and Joe Burrage

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