HIV and migration: Two major uncertainties for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Körner, Henrike en_US 2021-11-25T12:31:53Z 2021-11-25T12:31:53Z 2005 en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: To describe the interrelationship between living with HIV, migrating to and resettling in a new country, and the Australian migration system. Method: Key issues from the international literature on HIV-positive ethnic minorities in resource-rich countries are summarised. Findings are presented from semi-structured, in-depth interviews with clients of the Multicultural HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Service, and a sexual health clinic, both in Sydney. Results: Three major themes interwoven with migration were identified: HIV diagnosis, access to care and support, and forming social relations. Participants who applied for permanent residency in Australia, rather than off-shore, were usually diagnosed by means of the HIV-test that is part of the health requirement for permanent residents. This jeopardised their prospect of staying in Australia and was at the same time a barrier to returning to their country of birth. It was also a major barrier to accessing health care and support services and a major source of uncertainty. Because of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, many had little or no contact with their ethnic communities. At the same time, they found it difficult to form new social relations in the English-speaking mainstream culture. A further problem was feeling torn between Australia and the promise of a better future, and the close emotional relationships with family and friends in the country of birth. Conclusion: New migrants with HIV need to negotiate simultaneously two major life disruptions and two major uncertainties: migration and HIV infection. In the Anglo-Celtic mainstream, language, cultural and financial barriers to health and support services should be removed or minimised. In ethnic communities, HIV-related stigma needs to be addressed to enable new migrants to rebuild social relations with these communities and to rebuild their lives. en_US
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dc.language English
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dc.publisher National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales en_US
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dc.title HIV and migration: Two major uncertainties for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber Issues paper number 4 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Körner, Henrike, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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