Background: An estimated 70% of women with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) continue to engage in sexual activity after receiving a positive diagnosis. However, such women experience stigmatization because of their disease and find it difficult to maintain an intimate relationship. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the intimate relationships of women living with HIV. Methods: A narrative inquiry was conducted and a semi-structured interview outline was used to collect data. Results: Interviews with five HIV+ women found each of their intimate relationship experiences exhibited the following five stages: 1) loving relationships began, but were given up easily; 2) inner conflict about whether to love or not to love; 3) a desire not to hold back on love; 4) accept love with doubts, but avoid talking about such doubts; and 5) love and live with HIV. Conclusions I Implications for practice: Health professionals can assist women with HIV and their partners to discuss their life experiences in order to express their needs at different stages of their post-HIV diagnosis intimate relationship.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Oct|
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