n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - The experience of African women diagnosed with both HIV / AIDS and cervical cancer

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055


The main purpose of this study was to explore the experience of African women diagnosed with both HIV / AIDS and cervical cancer. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research design was used, and data were collected by means of in-depth phenomenological individual interviews and field notes. A purposive sample of African women, aged between 31 and 42, were selected for the study. The women were receiving radiation therapy treatment at an oncology department of a public hospital in Johannesburg. During the interviews, all the women were asked to answer only one question: how did you experience being diagnosed with both HIV / AIDS and cervical cancer? Data analysis used Tesch's model in de Vos (1998 Research at grass roots).

During data analysis, communication emerged as a strategy facilitating diagnosis, disclosure, acceptance and support for women with HIV / AIDS and cervical cancer. This theme had three categories: the experience of physical symptoms; the experience of communication; and the emotional experience. The study recommends the enhancement of communication skills among health care professionals in order to improve the care of these women.

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