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Title: Social networks of older adults living with HIV in Finland
Authors: Nobre, Nuno Ribeiro 
Kylmä, Jari 
Kirsi, Tapio 
Pereira, Marco 
Keywords: HIV; Social networks; Social support; Older adults
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Nobre, N. R., Kylmä, K., Kirsi, T., & Pereira, M. (2016). Social networks of older adults living with HIV in Finland. AIDS Care, 28(2), 186-190. doi:10.1080/09540121.2015.1071774
Serial title, monograph or event: AIDS Care
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore the social networks of older adults living with HIV. Interviews were conducted with nine individuals aged 50 or older living with HIV in Helsinki, Finland. Analysis of transcripts was analysed by inductive qualitative content analysis. Results indicated that these participants' networks tended to be large, including those both aware and unaware of the participants' health status. Analysis identified three main themes: large multifaceted social networks, importance of a support group, and downsizing of social networks. Support received appeared to be of great importance in coping with their health condition, especially since the time of diagnosis. Friends and family were the primary source of informal support. The majority of participants relied mostly on friends, some of whom were HIV-positive. Formal support came primarily from the HIV organisation's support group. In this study group, non-disclosure did not impact participants' well-being. In years to come, social networks of older adults living with HIV may shrink due to personal reasons other than HIV-disclosure. What is of primary importance is that healthcare professionals become knowledgeable about psychosocial issues of older adults living with HIV, identifying latent problems and developing adequate interventions in the early stages of the disease; this would help prevent social isolation and foster successful ageing with HIV.
DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1071774
Rights: openAccess
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