‘Standing in the Fire’: Experiences of HIV positive Black African migrants and refugees living in New Zealand

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HIV-positive, Black African migrants and refugees present as a growing interest in Aotearoa New Zealand. A qualitative project explored the lived experiences and social service needs of affected or at-risk Black African migrants, refugees and their family members in New Zealand. In-depth interviews were conducted with 13 HIV-positive Black African migrants between July and August 2010. One of the main themes that emerged from the data is HIV-related stigma and the profound ways it affects participants’ lives - including the ways they access care for HIV disease. Another major theme relates to participants’ courage, integrity and their challenge of stigma.