Photovoice as a community-based participatory research method among women living with HIV/AIDS: Ethical opportunities and challenges

Michelle Teti, Cynthia Murray, La Shaune Johnson, Diane Binson

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PHOTOVOICE IS A METHOD IN WHICH participants use photography to identify, express, and disseminate their experiences. We conducted photovoice projects with women living with HIV/AIDS (N=21) to explore opportunities and challenges associated with the method. Photovoice provided a means to achieve two key principles of ethical public health practice: It gives participants opportunities to define their health priorities, and facilitates participant empowerment. Ethical challenges that were encountered related to exposing, through photographs, one's identity as living with HIV/AIDS, illicit activities, and other people. We discuss lessons learned for future practice to maximize the ethical opportunities and manage the challenges associated with using photovoice as an HIV-related CBPR strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Communication

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