The burden of care of gay male carers caring for men living with HIV/AIDS

Ian Munro, Karen-Leigh Edward

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Abstract

Objective: The notion of caregiver ?burden? has been used as a term that refers to the financial, physical and emotional effects of caring. This Australian 2002 research investigated the caregiver burden of HIV/AIDS on the gay male carers of gay men with the disease. Methods: This study was a phenomenological inquiry and employed van Manen?s approach to content analysis. Data saturation occurred at twelve participants. Results: The findings produced carer themes relating to coping with the burden of care of a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the context of living day-to-day with HIV/AIDS, coping with the last phase of AIDS toward death, saying goodbye and remembrance. Conclusion: Allocating resources to gay male carers such as; education, respite care, family therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to address grief and stigma issues, has implications for how health services might reduce the burden of care for these carers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287 - 296
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Men's Health
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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