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|Title:||'Under a magnifying glass':The experiences of social service use for mothers living with HIV|
|Keywords:||HIV;women;mothers;arts-based research;collage;feminist participatory action research;FPAR;art;social service use;service user;HIV-positve mother;HIV-positive women;children's aid society;criminal justice system;marginalized women;social welfare programs;HIV related stigma;feminist research;HIV-positive;WLWH;MLWH;action research|
|Abstract:||This study explores the subjective experiences of mothers living with HIV from Southeastern Ontario when accessing health and social services. Drawing on principles of feminist participatory action research, 5 MLWH were brought together in order to share their stories of accessing health and social services and to participate in the creation of a collage as part of the storytelling process. Intersectional feminist theory was chosen as a theoretical lens for this project to highlight the ways women’s multiple identities intersect and contribute to HIV-stigma. Emerging from the storytelling and arts based process were stories about the women’s interactions with the criminal justice system, Children’s Aid Societies, social welfare programs and women-specific supports. The key concerns that the women raised in connection to these interactions included having to re-tell their story, concerns about confidentiality and disclosure and experiencing a loss of control as a result of depending on a myriad of health and social services. In addition, the participants identified changes they would like to see within health/social services including more opportunities for peer support and an increase in services available to support the unique psychosocial challenges of MLWH.|
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