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Social Networks, Migration, and HIV Testing among Latinos in a New Immigrant Destination: Insights from a Qualitative Study

Citation

Barrington, Clare; Gandhi, Anisha D.; Gill, Adrienne; Villa-Torres, Laura; Brietzke, Maria Priscila; & Hightow-Weidman, Lisa B. (2018). Social Networks, Migration, and HIV Testing among Latinos in a New Immigrant Destination: Insights from a Qualitative Study. Global Public Health, 13(10), 1507-1519. PMCID: PMC6641981

Abstract

Latinos in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by HIV and are more likely than non-Latinos to present with a late diagnosis, which delays engagement in HIV care and treatment. Social networks may provide normative influence and social support for HIV testing, but a contextualised understanding of networks is needed in order to maximise these social resources. We conducted qualitative interviews with foreign-born Latino men and transgender women (n = 17) in a new immigrant destination to explore their social networks. Most participants described having smaller social networks after migrating. Networks included both local and transnational ties, but most participants had few close ties. Contextual factors including stigma and geographic dispersion limited the re-construction of networks with close ties after migration. HIV testing was not a common topic of discussion with social network ties. Efforts to improve early uptake of HIV testing among Latino immigrants may benefit from engaging with social networks, but such efforts need to address how the context in which networks operate enables access to testing.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1409783

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2018

Journal Title

Global Public Health

Author(s)

Barrington, Clare
Gandhi, Anisha D.
Gill, Adrienne
Villa-Torres, Laura
Brietzke, Maria Priscila
Hightow-Weidman, Lisa B.

PMCID

PMC6641981