In this episode of Research Roundtable, Allysha Maragh-Bass joins me to talk about her coauthored paper on the role of social ties and stigma in the HIV care continuum in the United States. The paper is a qualitative exploration of findings from HPTN-065, which more broadly evaluated the role of financial incentives in promoting HIV viral suppression among people living with HIV in Washington DC and the Bronx (New York). Allysha and her colleagues wanted to know what were the lived experiences of people managing their HIV in their viral suppression journey. Allysha and I review what grounded theory methodology is and how the authors applied it to their research. We also discuss the research’s takeaways and the framework presented in the paper that relates motivation, social ties and stigma to HIV medication adherence outcomes.
You can also read the full research paper (2020), which was made possible by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN 065).