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HIV disease symptom management in the context of committed relationships.


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


Information in this article was accurate in February 28, 1997. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.