Sero-risk neutral and sero-risk averse: perceptions of risk and condom use among Black African heterosexual migrant couples in serodiscordant relationships in the UK

Mohamed Kemoh Rogers (Lead Author), Eamonn McKeown

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Abstract

This paper explores how perceptions of risk of infecting HIV-negative partners influence condom use among Black African heterosexual couples in stable relationships with one partner living with HIV (serodiscordant relationships). Twenty-five in-depth couple and individual interviews were analysed through phenomenological reflection and writing. A major finding was that in attempts to preserve their relationships, couples debated condom use strategies based on their perceptions of risk of infecting HIV-negative partners. We recommend that HIV prevention information among Black African heterosexual couples with a partner living with HIV should be understood from the perceptions of risk from both partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1291-1299
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume31
Issue number13
Early online date27 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Black African heterosexual couples
  • HIV serodiscordant relationships
  • condom use
  • perceptions of risk

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