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Am J Public Health. 2007 Jun;97(6):1015-22. Epub 2007 Apr 26.

"He won't use condoms": HIV-infected women's struggles in primary relationships with serodiscordant partners.

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College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53201, USA. pstevens@uwm.edu

Abstract

We investigated the sexual behaviors of 55 HIV-infected women in Wisconsin who narrated their lives in 10 interviews over 2 years during 2000 to 2003. We sought to examine the interpersonal situations in which sexual risk occurred. During the prospective period, 58% (32) were abstinent and 24% (13) practiced safe sex exclusively. The remaining 18% (10) engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse, but only in primary partnerships, almost all of which were with serodiscordant partners. We focused on experiential detail and narrative depth of 10 women who had sex without condoms. These narratives demonstrate how the women attempted to initiate condom use but engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse regularly at the insistence of their partners. Consequently, these women lived in trepidation of causing their partners' sickness and death.

PMID:
17463377
PMCID:
PMC1874207
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2005.075705
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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