The Lived Experience of Domestic Violence in Iranian HIV-Infected Women

Nooredin Mohammadi, Hamid Kochak, Maryam Gharacheh

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    Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent problems linked to HIV. Domestic violence in HIV-infected women has not been sufficiently explored, particularly in developing countries including Iran. This study aimed to explore the lived experience of domestic violence in Iranian HIV-infected women. A qualitative approach was used to conduct the study. Data were collected through semi-structured, in-depth interviews with ten HIV-infected women and were analyzed using content analysis. During the data analysis, four main themes emerged including, "regretful past", "disappointing future", "loneliness", and "no other option", which refer to the condition that the participants experienced in their lives due to challenges that mainly stem from the experience of HIV-related domestic violence. HIV infection can be a risk factor for domestic violence. Health care providers need to address domestic violence during the assessment of HIV-infected women and make appropriate referrals for abused women.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-50
    Number of pages8
    JournalGlobal Journal of Health Science
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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