Sex after ART:Sexual partnerships established by HIV-infected persons taking anti-retroviral therapy in Eastern Uganda

Seeley, Janet, Russell, Steve, Khana, Kenneth, Ezati, Enoch, King, Rachel and Bunnell, Rebecca (2009) Sex after ART:Sexual partnerships established by HIV-infected persons taking anti-retroviral therapy in Eastern Uganda. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 11 (7). pp. 703-716. ISSN 1369-1058

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Abstract

This paper explores the social contexts that influence the formation and nature of sexual partnerships among people on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). We draw on the findings of a qualitative, longitudinal study of 70 people (36 women and 34 men) who have been participating in a home-based ART programme for over three years in Eastern Uganda. Since initiating ART, 32 (18 men and 14 women) participants reported having had a new partner. Five participants (4 men and 1 woman) renewed relationships with spouses with whom they had been prior to starting ART. Overall, 37 of the 70 participants had had a sexual partner after starting ART. Companionship, material support, social and cultural norms, as well as a desire for sex and children, are drivers of new relationships. The opportunity that ART brings for people to get on with their lives brings with it a reinstatement into a social world that places a value on marriage and child-bearing. The sexual rights of those living with HIV and on ART need to be taken seriously and safer sex facilitated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hiv and aids,anti-retroviral therapy,sexual behaviour,uganda
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 16:44
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:05
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44023
DOI: 10.1080/13691050903003897

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