The lived experience of women living with HIV regarding intimate relationship power and reproductive decision-making

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Shaheerah Nur Id-Din Eruotor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Letvak

Abstract: The purpose of this research study was to understand the truths and the realities of women living with HIV (WLWH) regarding their intimate relationship power and reproductive decision-making. To meet the objective of this research study, the nurse researcher used the philosophical underpinnings of Husserl’s phenomenology to guide this qualitative descriptive phenomenological study. Nine WLWH from two urban cities in North Carolina were interviewed, face-to-face, for the study. The interviews were transcribed and then analyzed using the Listening Guide, a voice-centered relational method. Data analysis yielded three thematic categories: The three themes revealed are as follows: (a) I have my tribe, (b) I have the power, and (c) I am positive, but I am normal, and I am informed. These WLWH had influential sources of support and were capable of disclosing their HIV status to their significant others, therefore demonstrating personal power. This feeling of power lead to favorable intimate relationship power dynamics between the women and their partners which had a positive impact on sexual and reproductive decision-making. The study findings have implications for nursing practice and provide direction for future needed research.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2019
Family Planning, HIV, Reproductive decision-making, Women Living with HIV
HIV-positive women $z United States
Family planning
Reproductive health
Interpersonal relations

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