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South Carolina: Study Shifts Toward Dynamic, Multi-level, and Technology-based Approaches for People Living with HIV

Dr. Sayward Harrison and Dr. Xiaoming Li, researchers in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health’s health promotion, education, and behavior department and UofSC’s South Carolina Smartstate Center for Healthcare Quality, have recently served as guest editors for a special issue in AIDS Care, in which they published an editorial that explores shifts toward dynamic, multi-level, and technology-based approaches for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Resilience research has often been characterized by a static conceptualization of resilience that focuses on individual-level factors that help people living with HIV adapt to HIV-related challenges and overcome other life adversities. Early conceptualizations typically depicted resilience as a static, stable construct, with limited attention paid to the social context and broader systems that may foster or discourage resilient adaptation across time and place.

In this special issue of AIDS Care, the editors have assembled a unique collection of work that seeks to challenge these conventional views by highlighting innovative HIV resilience research across the globe. Far from ignoring socio-cultural contexts, studies presented in this issue directly address systemic stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, as well as sexual and gender minority individuals, and identify unique opportunities to promote resilience through building strong “villages” (i.e., social networks), reducing structural inequities, and enhancing HIV treatment and care systems.

Papers included in this issue address the promise and challenges of utilizing mobile health technology to build resilience for people living with HIV through improving psychosocial and clinical outcomes.

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