Improving effectiveness for support groups for males with HIV/AIDS: Feedback from leaders and potential participants

Traci Brenner Rogers, Pressley Ridge
Susan C. Mapp, Elizabethtown College


The purpose of this study was to investigate methods to improve support groups for men with HIV/AIDS as barriers have been noted to full utilization. A multimodal study was conducted to accomplish this. Two different survey methods were used: an anonymous survey of 25 potential members and 5 semistructured telephone interviews with a purposive sample of potential members. Three leaders of successful groups for this population were also interviewed via telephone. The facilitators and barriers to group attendance were assessed as well the desired focus for such a group. Results determined that while the majority of respondents wanted a group, educational groups were more desired than support groups and stigma continued to be a barrier to attendance. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.