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What Would an HIV Cure Mean to You: Qualitative Analysis from a Crowdsourcing Contest in Guangzhou, China.

What Would an HIV Cure Mean to You: Qualitative Analysis from a Crowdsourcing Contest in Guangzhou, China.
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Zhang A, Pan X, Wu F, Zhao Y, Hu F, Li L, Cai W, Tucker JD,


Zhang A, Pan X, Wu F, Zhao Y, Hu F, Li L, Cai W, Tucker JD, (click to view)

Zhang A, Pan X, Wu F, Zhao Y, Hu F, Li L, Cai W, Tucker JD,

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AIDS research and human retroviruses 2017 10 12() doi 10.1089/AID.2017.0188

Abstract

Much HIV cure social science research has focused on high-income countries. Local key population perspectives, especially from people living with HIV (PLHIV), are needed in low- and middle-income countries. We organized an open contest soliciting responses from key populations, including PLHIV, about what a cure would mean in their lives. Tailored in-person events and social media were used to engage PLHIV, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, and local residents. We received 471 contributions over 4 months. Our thematic analysis showed that many people perceived that a cure would sterilize HIV and bring about new life for PLHIV. Many individuals believed a cure would decrease PLHIV discrimination and many MSM perceived a cure would decrease MSM discrimination. Some participants noted that a cure could help improve interpersonal relations, particularly with families and partners. Many individuals envisioned HIV cure as a panacea to bring about social stability. Some participants also anticipated changes in attitudes toward sex that may result in increased condomless sex. Our findings suggest a continued need for careful management of patient expectations and community engagement.

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