Negotiating access and culture: Organizational responses to the healthcare needs of refugees and asylum seekers living with HIV in the UK

Author: Cherfas, Lina

Publisher: Refugee Studies Centre

Publication date: October 2006

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This RSC working paper examines possible explanations for difficulties that refugees and asylum seekers living with HIV have with accessing healthcare. This paper seeks to illustrate the complexity of factors that influence healthcare decisions and opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers living with HIV. It reviews the cultural, social, legal, institutional and structural barriers that jointly prevent effective and successful healthcare utilization. It argues that complexity must be recognized as a central and defining feature of the situation, as it goes beyond any single explanation in offering a view of the realities of access to healthcare for this marginalized group.