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Emotional Experiences of Mothers Living With HIV and the Quest for Emotional Recovery

A Qualitative Study in Lima, Peru

Contreras, Carmen BA; Rumaldo, Nancy BA; Lindeborg, Michael Masao BA; Mendoza, Milagros BA; Chen, David Roy BA; Saldaña, Olga RN; Wong, Milagros RN; Muñoz, Maribel RN; Schrier, Elizabeth BA; Lecca, Leonid MD, MPH; Castro, Arachu PhD, MPH; Shin, Sonya MD, MPH; Nelson, Adrianne Katrina MPH, MSc*

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: July-August 2019 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 440–450
doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000051
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Little evidence exists about the emotional experiences of mothers with HIV, and a better understanding is essential to support their emotional health and treatment adherence. We describe the emotional experiences of eight mothers who initiated antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy or within a few years of childbirth in Lima, Peru. An interpretive phenomenological approach was used, and the following themes emerged: (a) emotions involved in diagnosis and disclosure, (b) the meaning of motherhood with HIV, (c) the mothers' roles in seeking and maintaining relationships with partners and families, and (d) mechanisms for resilience and emotional recovery. Participants experienced sadness and denial after diagnosis, which gave way to emotional recovery. Participant abilities to find refuge in caring for children and coordinating support from loved ones proved to be essential. Participants recognized that intense emotions motivated them to seek creative solutions and cited personal growth as an important outcome.

Carmen Contreras, BA, is Director of Intervention Projects, Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Nancy Rumaldo, BA, is a Project Coordinator, Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Michael Masao Lindeborg, BA, is an MD candidate, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Milagros Mendoza, BA, is a Project Manager, Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. David Roy Chen, BA, is an MD candidate, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA. Olga Saldaña, RN, is a Field Coordinator, Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Milagros Wong, RN, is a Project Manager, Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Maribel Muñoz, RN, is a Project Manager, Socios En Salud Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Elizabeth Schrier, BA, is a Research Assistant, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Leonid Lecca, MD, MPH, is a Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and Executive Director of Socios En Salud, Partners In Health, Lima, Peru. Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH, is the Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America (CHELA), Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Sonya Sunhi Shin, MD, MPH, is an Associate Physician of Infectious Disease, Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Adrianne Katrina Nelson, MPH, Msc, is a Research Manager, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Corresponding author: Adrianne Katrina Nelson, e-mail: adrianne.katrina.nelson@gmail.com

Sponsorships or competing interests that may be relevant to content are disclosed at the end of this article.

Carmen Contreras and Nancy Rumaldo are co-first authors.

© 2019 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
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