Intersectionality of stigmas and health-related quality of life in people ageing with HIV in China, Europe, and Latin America

Elsevier, The Lancet Healthy Longevity, Volume 3, March 2022
Hsieh E., Polo R., Qian H.-Z., Fuster-RuizdeApodaca M.J., del Amo J.

People ageing with HIV face crucial challenges that can compromise their long-term health, one of which is stigma. HIV-related stigma can interact with other coexistent inequities to create a unique oppression system that results in traumatic experiences. This intersectionality of stigmas represents a new inequality that is greater than the sum of the original component inequalities. In this Series paper we review the literature regarding the intersectionality of HIV-related and ageing-related stigma and health-related quality of life among people ageing with HIV in China, Europe, and Latin America—three regions that represent distinct epidemiological and cultural trends in terms of HIV and ageing. Substantial gaps in the literature were identified, in particular a scarcity of data from Latin America. We also found inconsistencies between countries in terms of definitions and reporting practices related to people ageing with HIV. Research that fully considers the intersectional stigmas faced by this vulnerable population will contribute to advancing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.