Seeking participants for ‘my health, our family’ study

5 Jun 2017

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Families can be a very important source of support for those who are living with a blood borne infection, such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Yet research and policy responses remain largely focused on the individual, with less known about the role and experiences of families in the prevention, management and treatment of these infections in our community.

With key collaborators, the Centre for Social Research in Health is leading an ARC Discovery Project in New South Wales to document – for the first time – stories of family life in the context of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

We will be interviewing individuals living with these infections, and their (self-defined) family members. Families may include partners, parents, children, siblings and extended family, as well as families of choice, affinity, or intimate connection.

We want to understand what blood borne infections mean in the context of everyday family life and relationships. We hope to inspire new government and community strategies for involving families more deliberately in the response to these still-stigmatised, socially hidden infections.

We are now actively seeking expressions of interest from people who have been diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, and from the family members of people with one (or more) of these infections. Eligible participants will take part in a 1-2 hour interview with our research team, and will be offered a $40 gift voucher as reimbursement for their time.

For more information or to express an interest in taking part, visit: myhealthourfamily.org