J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 1996 May-Jun;7(3):19-28. Unique Identifier :
Grounded theory was used to explore the meanings of HIV symptom
management that occur within the context of committed relationships
between gay men when at least one is infected with HIV. In-depth
interviews were completed with nine couples. Mutual protection, the
mechanism by which the person attempted to ward off losses perceived as
within his control and to "let go" of forces outside of his control, was
identified as the context for symptom management. Independent,
interdependent, and dependent symptom management occurred by couples.
Study findings reinforce the need for clinicians and researchers to
consider the social context of symptoms.
Caregivers/*PSYCHOLOGY *Homosexuality, Male Human HIV
Infections/*NURSING/PSYCHOLOGY Interviews Male Reproducibility of
Results Sexual Partners/*PSYCHOLOGY Social Values Support, Non-U.S.
Gov't Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S. JOURNAL ARTICLE