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Learning from the Experiences of Migrants accessing HIV services in Ireland. Maeve Foreman Social Work & Social Policy, TCD Immigration Initiative Conference 2007. Introduction. This talk draws on findings from two research projects one conducted by social work team in St. James’s Hospital
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Maeve Foreman Social Work & Social Policy, TCD
Immigration Initiative Conference 2007
= better mental and physical health
= protects migrants from adaptation stress
= leads to better coping abilities
= reduces high risk sexual behaviour and
= results in more disclosure of HIV status
(Onwumere, Holtum & Hirst 2000; Asander et al 2004)
(Cairde, 2004; Ugba, 2004; Flac, 2003; Edubio & Sabanadesan, 2001)
“(it is) our culture and tradition”
“(it is) just like being a Catholic”
“it’s who I am”
“when we just arrived there they say ‘we have to take blood’ you know, no counselling, nothing…they just take blood then we left. They didn’t give us any choice, we have to take”
“The information brought hope”
“not everyone reads or understands leaflets. Its better to talk”
“what am I likely to experience with the progression of my treatment?”
“I would like to know the long term prognosis”
“Any hope of getting a cure? How long does the treatment last on a person’s system?”
“its like an insult to be HIV…if they knew you were HIV they just talk about it, all over (with ) everyone. They will tell everybody, that’s why now I’m just feeling lonely, I cannot share these things with anybody. Its very difficult”
“I don’t have anybody…I’ve nobody to share about my health…I’m just alone you know”.
“Only my faith in God will help me, this is the only hope I have”
Access to HIV treatment
Being able to keep secret from those at home
More acceptable being HIV+ in Ireland
Difficulties associated with asylum process (lack of privacy in hostels and B&B; learning new language)
Living away from family
Feeling socially isolated
Fear of dying in foreign country
WeatherExperience of living in Ireland