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Lisa M. Baumgartner

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how the temporal context affected the incorporation of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. In-depth interviews were conducted with 36 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Chronological age shaped the initial reaction to the diagnosis whereas historical time did not. Social time affected immersion in the HIV/AIDS community and the passage of time influenced the integration of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. These findings have implications for health educators.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS, time, identity, self

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HIV/AIDS Identity Incorporation and the Temporal Context

The purpose of this study was to examine how the temporal context affected the incorporation of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. In-depth interviews were conducted with 36 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Chronological age shaped the initial reaction to the diagnosis whereas historical time did not. Social time affected immersion in the HIV/AIDS community and the passage of time influenced the integration of the HIV/AIDS identity into the self. These findings have implications for health educators.