A Review of the State of HIV Nursing Science with Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression Peoples

J. Craig Phillips, Jufri Hidayat, Kristen D. Clark, Julia Melisek, Monique S. Balthazar, Albert G.D. Beck, Scott E. Moore, Carol Dawson-Rose

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Throughout the HIV pandemic, nurses have contributed to or led approaches to understanding the effects of HIV disease at individual and societal levels. Nurses have advocated for socially just care for more than a century, and our efforts have created a foundation on which to further build the state of HIV nursing science with sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGI) Peoples. Nurses have also participated in the development of approaches to manage HIV disease for and in collaboration with populations directly affected by the disease. Our inclusive approach was guided by an international human rights legal framework to review the state of nursing science in HIV with SOGI Peoples. We identified articles that provide practice guidance (n = 44) and interventions (n = 26) to address the health concerns of SOGI Peoples and our communities. Practice guidance articles were categorized by SOGI group: SOGI People collectively, bisexual, transgender, cisgender lesbian, women who have sex with women, cisgender gay men, and men who have sex with men. Interventions were categorized by societal level (i.e., individual, family, and structural). Our review revealed opportunities for future HIV nursing science and practices that are inclusive of SOGI Peoples. Through integrated collaborative efforts, nurses can help SOGI communities achieve optimal health outcomes that are based on dignity and respect for human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-252
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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