Maticka-tyndale, Eleanor; Adam, Barry D.; Cohen, Jeffrey
March 2002
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2002, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
This paper describes the experiences with sexual intimacy in a sample of people living with HIV or AIDS (PHAs) and using combination anti-retroviral therapies (CTs). Results were based on semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 31 men and 4 women living in Canada, in 1999-2000. Struggles with persistent absence of libido, dealing with disclosure, negotiating ongoing "safety" for self and partners, and dealing with symptoms of HIV and side effects of therapies within the context of sexual intimacy represent the diversity of concerns expressed by study participants. The results of this study alert clinicians and counsellors working with PHAs to areas where quality of life can be improved. Sexual intimacy should not be considered an "optional" matter for PHAs. Whether through varying drugs or doses, or through working with sex therapists and counsellors, improving sexual satisfaction among PHAs deserves attention.


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