HIV-discordant and concordant HIV-positive male couples’ recommendations for how an eHealth HIV prevention toolkit for concordant HIV-negative male couples could be improved to meet their specific needs

Jason Mitchell, J. Y. Lee, F. Godoy, L. Asmar, G. Perez

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Abstract

A number of HIV prevention interventions for male couples are in the pipeline for development as few evidence-based ones exist. Among these projects, none include all three groups of male couples (concordant HIV-negative, HIV-discordant, and concordant HIV-positive) as their target population, and only two are eHealth-based. The present qualitative study sought to assess whether one of the eHealth HIV prevention interventions for concordant HIV-negative male couples – called MCAP – could be adapted to meet the relationship and HIV prevention needs of HIV-discordant and HIV-positive male couples. Data for this study are drawn from in-person, individual-level interviews conducted with a convenience sample of 10 HIV-discordant male couples (n = 20) and 8 HIV-positive male couples (n = 16) from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area in 2016. Thematic analysis was conducted to identify patterns (themes) of partners’ thoughts about the toolkit, including how they perceived it could be improved for their own relationship and other couple's relationships. Two themes emerged from analysis of the qualitative data suggesting how the participants wanted the toolkit to be improved to meet their needs. Specifically, participants recommended for the toolkit to include guidance about integrating the use of biomedical HIV prevention strategies into couple's relationships, as well as for how partners can best take care of each other and further protect themselves from HIV and/or other STIs (Prevention Guidance). In addition, participants requested for the concept of sexual agreements to be broadened to include other aspects they deemed to be important in their life (e.g., mental health, exercise and nutrition) (Holistic agreements). Findings from the present study illuminate the ways in which MCAP would need to be adapted for these two groups of male couples in order to meet the needs for all three groups of male couples in the U.S. in a future iteration of this intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 21 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agreements
  • HIV prevention guidance
  • Male couples
  • qualitative interviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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