HIV/AIDS-positive men who have had sex with men (MSM) account for roughly one-third of new infections in the region, with numerous nations facing a high and rising prevalence. They often face stigmatization and discrimination from society, including nurses. This study aims to explore nurses’ perspectives on caring for HIV/AIDS-infected MSM. A descriptive qualitative design was utilized. Fifteen nurses who cared for HIV/AIDS-positive MSM in the two hospitals in Jakarta, Indonesia, were recruited with purposive sampling techniques. A semi-structured and in-depth interview was conducted. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. We emerged three superordinate and nine subordinate themes: (1) negative nurse perceptions in the early phase of treatment, (2) nurse attitudes contrasting with negative perceptions, and (3) nurses with knowledge of HIV/AIDS. The negative perceptions appeared only at the beginning of the treatment phase, and thereafter, they were followed by a positive attitude. Nurses appeared to develop a better understanding after interacting with their patients and receiving training on HIV/AIDS. Therefore, intensive training is expected to not only increase their knowledge but to encourage a positive attitude.
- men who have had sex with men
- nursing care
- sexual and gender minorities