Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI): Sources of support for young women

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Journal Article
Contemporary Nurse, 2015, 50 (1), pp. 50 - 57
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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Background: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are prevalent throughout the world with the rate of these infections increasing on a daily basis. STI acquisition has the ability to cause personal adversity and elicit feelings of stigma and shame. Aim: The aim of this paper is to report on the sources of support young women who acquired STIs drew on to overcome their associated adversity. Methods: This study utilised a feminist qualitative methodology. Findings: Findings revealed that the women drew on both personal and anonymous sources of support. Conclusion: Nurses and other health-care professionals need to be equipped with knowledge and strategies to promote personal wellbeing and minimise the adversity felt among people having acquired these infections.
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