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Health Care Women Int. 2013;34(3-4):209-26. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2012.755979.

Vietnamese women's struggle to access antiretroviral drugs in a context of free treatment.

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Health Strategy and Policy Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam. namnguyenthu@yahoo.com

Abstract

This qualitative study aims to explore how HIV positive women living in a northern province of Vietnam experience seeking antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in the public health system, and how they address obstacles encountered along the way. Despite the fact that antiretroviral drugs were freely provided, they were not always accessible for women in need. A variety of factors at the population and health system level interacted in ways that often made access to ARV drugs a complicated and time-consuming process. We have suggested changes that could be made at the health system level that may help facilitate women's ability to access treatment.

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23394322
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2012.755979
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