Journal Article

Learning from the Experiences of Ethnic Minorities Accessing HIV Services in Ireland

Maeve Foreman and Heather Hawthorne

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 7, pages 1153-1172
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl085
Learning from the Experiences of Ethnic Minorities Accessing HIV Services in Ireland

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Since the mid-1990s, Ireland has become a more culturally diverse society. To ensure equitable, culturally sensitive services, social workers need to consult with and listen to views of service users. This paper reports on findings of two recent studies by social workers in Ireland with migrants living with HIV. It highlights how many of those newly diagnosed with HIV are from sub-Saharan African countries and still in the asylum process and discusses barriers to accessing support and integrating into Irish society. The paper points out that unless properly supported, those living with HIV may find it difficult to disclose their HIV status and highlights the importance of tackling HIV stigma. It concludes with the need to provide training for health care workers to provide culturally appropriate services, and argues against immigration policies which inhibit integration.

Keywords: asylum seekers; HIV; migrants; social work; Ireland

Journal Article.  8405 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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