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Ethical Issues in the Care and Support of Women Living with HIV 

Ethical Issues in the Care and Support of Women Living with HIV
Ethical Issues in the Care and Support of Women Living with HIV

Ruby Rajendra Shanker

, Angela Underhill

, Valerie Nicholson

, Logan Kennedy

, Denise Jaworsky

, and Mona Loutfy

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date: 05 August 2021

This chapter aims to explore some of the ethical issues that arise when providing clinical care and support to women living with HIV across the life course. Feminist perspectives and intersectionality inform the authors’ interpretation of the four principles of biomedical ethics as described by Beauchamp and Childress: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. The analysis also addresses the issues of stigma and oppression. Developed in accordance with the principles of the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV (MIPA), this chapter honors the experiences of a woman living with HIV who, as a peer research associate, knowledge keeper, and front-line warrior, and through her Indigenous identity, lends crucial insight to the discourse. Her experiences enrich the perspectives of a healthcare ethicist, a nurse, a doctoral student, and two physicians who together have three decades of experience working with women living with HIV.

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