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Table 2 The themes and sub-thems

From: The lived experience of HIV-infected patients in the face of a positive diagnosis of the disease: a phenomenological study

Themes Sub-themes
1. Emotional shock Loathing
Motivation of social isolation
2. The fear of the consequences Fear of the death
Fear of loneliness
Fear of disgrace
3. The feeling of the guilt Feeling of regret
Feeling guilty
Feeling of conscience-stricken
4. The discouragement Suicidal ideation
Disappointment
5. The escape from reality Denial
Trying to hide