A cross-cultural comparison of illness narratives of seropositive women in Kenya, Africa, and New Brunswick, Canada

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University of New Brunswick


The experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS are similar in both developed and underdeveloped countries. The purpose of this study was to: 1) examine the lived experiences of women with HIV/ AIDS in both Nairobi Province and in New Brunswick through the collection of illness narratives; 2) document and compare physician-patient interaction in the Non-Western and Western clinical settings to better understand the challenges physicians encounter when following the Global Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol and; 3) from (1) and (2) develop a cross-cultural framework of analysis that can aid in providing better care for women living with HIV/AIDS. Data were collected using participant observation and semi-structured interviews. A total of 12 semi-structured interviews were conducted with women living with HIV/AIDS above the age of 20. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted with professional healthcare specialists and professional healthcare workers to understand the gaps in knowledge between healthcare providers and women living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Africa, and in New Brunswick, Canada.