PEI

AIDS researcher seeks P.E.I. women

A researcher from McMaster University is looking to interview P.E.I. women with HIV and AIDS to investigate gaps in services.

A researcher from McMaster University is looking to interview P.E.I. women with HIV and AIDS to investigate gaps in services.

Priscilla Medeiros is studying services for people with HIV and AIDS in areas where rates of infection are low. (Priscilla Medeiros)

Priscilla Medeiros, who is working on her PhD, wants to know what support services are in place where infection rates are low, including in the Maritimes. While Medeiros is just getting started, she already has a sense of where some of the issues are.

“There seems to be a lot of problems in accessing health and social services in regards to transportation,” she said.

“A woman needing to access an infectious disease specialist, for instance, needs to travel to Moncton or Halifax in order to renew her antiretrovirals or to speak to her infectious disease specialist.”

Medeiros will conduct anonymous, one-on-one interviews. She is visiting the Island Nov. 18 to talk to the women.

The latest survey from the Public Health Agency of Canada found 1.7 out of every 100,000 people in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are living with HIV and AIDS.

Information from Medeiros’s research will be given to service providers so they can improve support.

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