Would you like to take part in a study to talk about your experience as a woman living with HIV?

An exploration of how shame features in the narratives of women living with HIV.

What is involved?

You will be asked to meet with me, Ellie, to tell the story of your HIV experience. The interview will explore (but you are not obliged to discuss) your experiences of:

  • The psychological/ social aspects of living with HIV, including whether you have disclosed or not disclosed to people (family, friends, work, etc.)
  • Telling people about your HIV. Equally, why you choose not to tell people about it.
  • Taking medication.
  • Relationships/dating, and how HIV has shaped this.

The aim of this research is to give a voice to women in Ireland who have previously not been able to tell their story, and contribute to the fight of ending the stigma against HIV. While this study’s focus is on shame, you do not need to talk about shame directly in the interview, as you can tell your story how you choose to tell it, with me asking questions based on your story. Shame is the emotion we feel when see ourselves negatively in the eyes of someone else. It is not expected that women living with HIV do or should feel shame because of they are HIV positive, but it is believed that HIV stigma can cause feelings of shame in women.

Your participation is voluntary and confidential.


Ellie Marley, a student in Dublin City University is carrying out this study as her PhD study. Ellie is in the second year of her studies.

For more details, please contact Ellie at 0876837848 / ellie.marley3@mail.dcu.ie

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