POZ - July/August 2010: HIV and Self-Esteem Survey

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July/August 2010: HIV and Self-Esteem

Living with HIV/AIDS can damage more than our immune systems—it can also have a devastating impact on our self-esteem. The stigma and discrimination that often accompany HIV can make us feel self-conscious, afraid, less worthy or even depressed. A strong sense of our self-esteem is linked to our ability to disclose our HIV status, practice safer sex, and connect to and stay in care. Given the health benefits of self-esteem, POZ wants to better understand if and how HIV affects your sense of self.
1. Rate your level of self-esteem (with 1 being lowest and 5 being highest):
1 2 3 4 5
Before your HIV diagnosis
When you were diagnosed with HIV
One year after your HIV diagnosis
Most recently
2. Has society's negative attitude toward people with HIV hurt your self-esteem?
3. If you have low self-esteem, has it hurt your relationships with family, friends, sexual partners and/or others?
4. If you have low self-esteem, has it led you to depression?
5. Since testing positive for HIV, I have become:
More confident
Less confident
No change
6. Since testing positive for HIV, I have become:
More cautious
Less cautious
No change
7. If more people knew I was HIV positive, they would be:
More judgmental
Less judgmental
No change
8. If more people knew I was HIV positive, they would be:
More understanding
Less understanding
No change
9. Which phrases negatively affect your self-esteem? (Check all that apply.)
Infected with HIV
AIDS victim
AIDS sufferer
DDF ("drug and disease free")
10. What improves your self-esteem? (Check all that apply.)
Having supportive family/friends
Being in a relationship
Having a sexual partner
Having a fulfilling job
Enjoying a hobby
11. What has low self-esteem kept you from? (Check all that apply.)
Seeking medical care for HIV
Disclosing your HIV status
Seeking a friendship
Seeking a sexual partner
12. What is your zip code?
13. What is your sexual orientation?
14. What is your gender?
15. What is your annual household income?
Less than $15,000
$100,000 or greater
16. Highest level of education attained?
Some high school
High school graduate
Some college or associate's degree
Bachelor's degree or higher
17. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
(please specify) 

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