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|Title:||Indigenous Masculinity, HIV Wellness and Disclosure|
|Keywords:||Indigenous Health;Indigenous Men;Indigenous Masculinity;Indigenous Gender;Disclosure;HIV/AIDS|
|Abstract:||Title: Indigenous Masculinity and HIV Disclosure Aim/Objective: The goal of this this research project is to explore how self-regulation of a masculine identity is impacted by colonization in the context of HIV disclosure for Indigenous men. Specific objectives under this goal include the following: (1) Understanding Indigenous men’s ideas about Indigenous masculinity; (2) understanding how Indigenous men come to understand the impact of colonization on their masculine identity; and (3) understanding how colonization affects Indigenous men’s experience of HIV disclosure. Methods: This project adopts an Indigenous directed process consistent with principles of community-based research (CBR) and driven by decolonizing and Indigenous methodologies. Following an examination of relevant literature, six Indigenous men living with HIV were interviewed to discuss the significance of Indigenous masculinity in the context of HIV wellness and HIV disclosure. The findings from the literature review and interviews were coded within NVivo qualitative analysis software to compare emerging themes. Findings: Following a discussion of the several aspects of Indigenous masculinity, the participants described the hinderances of colonization and stigmatization in disrupting healthy practices and conceptualization of Indigenous masculinity. Throughout the journey of healing, a process of deconstructing western ideals was necessary towards developing a personal sense of Indigenous masculinity which aligned with their Indigenous identity. Upon successful negotiation of the relationship between Indigenous masculinity and HIV status, disclosure was used at various stages of the healing journey to affirm Indigenous masculinity, discover a personal sense of purpose, and to educate others. Conclusion: The use of disclosure was found to be a vital component towards the development and practice of Indigenous masculinity. The findings of this project will be used to apply for future grants to design a service or intervention which provides Indigenous men living with HIV with a safe and healthy environment to practice Indigenous masculinity.|
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