The latest Qualitative Methods Journal Club (QMJC) from July is now available online, focusing on risk behaviours for HIV reported by a cohort of Black women in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin, USA.

The study was part of a wider research programme that explores pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake and adoption (including barriers and facilitators) among Black women at risk of HIV. The application of the ‘syndemics framework’ revealed how health and social inequalities can exacerbate drug and alcohol problems, HIV risk, and personal vulnerability. Overall the study was deemed important given the under-representation of women within studies of substance use, and in many ways the disproportionate impact of HIV on Black women in the US.

The discussion was led and summarised by Stephen Parkin (National Addiction Centre, KCL).

Article: Nydegger, L.A., and Claborn, K.R., (2020) Exploring patterns of substance use among highly vulnerable Black women at-risk for HIV through a syndemics framework: A qualitative study. PLoS ONE 15(7): e0236247.

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