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Vivre à l’intersection du VIH et du vieillissement : quelles répercussions sur les liens sociaux significatifs?

  • Isabelle Wallach (a1), Xuân Ducandas (a2), Michel Martel (a3) and Réjean Thomas (a4)
Abstract

This research examines obstacles faced by older people living with HIV in maintaining their significant social ties (family, friends) in the light of a double theoretical framework, inter-sectionality and the course of life. Favoring a qualitative methodology, this research is based on in-depth, semi-directed interviews with a diverse sample of 38 people living with HIV, aged 50-73 years. Analysis reveals that a significant proportion of participants have experienced ruptures or deterioration of close ties with intimates at the level of family or friends. The principal factors behind these difficulties are the past and present stigma associated with HIV and /or other social positions, long-term effects of HIV, issues related to aging and crosscutting effects of HIV and aging.

La présente recherche se propose d’examiner les obstacles rencontrés par les personnes âgées vivant avec le VIH dans le maintien de leurs liens sociaux significatifs (famille, amis) à la lumière d’un double cadre théorique, l’intersectionnalité et le parcours de vie. Privilégiant une méthodologie qualitative, cette recherche s’appuie sur des entrevues semi-directives approfondies réalisées avec un échantillon diversifié de 38 personnes vivant avec le VIH âgées de 50 à 73 ans. L’analyse des discours révèle qu’une proportion importante de participants ont vécu ou vivent des ruptures ou une détérioration des liens avec leurs proches au niveau familial et amical. Les principaux éléments à l’origine de ces difficultés sont la stigmatisation passée et présente du VIH et/ou d’autres positions sociales, les effets au long cours du passé avec le VIH, les enjeux reliés au vieillissement et les effets croisés du VIH et du vieillissement.

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La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à: / Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to: Isabelle Wallach, Ph.D. Département de sexologie Faculté des sciences humaines Université du Québec à Montréal Case postale 8888 succursale Centre-ville Montréal, QC H3C 3P8 (wallach.isabelle@uqam.ca)
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