Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: 'Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health'

 

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dc.contributor.author Cooper, Diane
dc.contributor.author Moore, Elena
dc.contributor.author Mantell, Joanne
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-05T09:27:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-05T09:27:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Cooper, D., Moore, E., & Mantell, J. E. (2013). Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV:‘Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health’. Acta juridica (Cape Town, South Africa), 2013, 218. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0065-1346 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19443
dc.description.abstract This paper explores marriage attitudes and practices among Xhosa-speaking women living with HIV (WLHIV) in Cape Town, South Africa. It reports on a study that assessed the fertility intentions of a cohort of people living with HIV, aimed at informing an HIV care intervention. It draws on qualitative data generated from 30 successive interviews with WHLIV in wave 1, 23 interviews in wave 2 and 20 follow-up interviews in wave 3. Gender inequality, marriage and HIV are strongly intertwined. Broader layers of South Africa's history, politics and socio-economic and cultural contexts have consequences for the fluidity in intimate relations, marriage and motherhood for WLHIV. Key and conflicting themes emerge that impact on marriage and motherhood. Firstly, marriage is the ‘last on a list of priorities’ for WLHIV, who wish to further their children's education, to work, to earn money, and to achieve this rapidly because of their HIV-positive status. We demonstrate that the pressure women face in marriage to bear children creates a different attitude to and experience of marriage for WLHIV. Some WLHIV wish to avoid marriage due to its accompanying pressure to have children. Other WLHIV experience difficulties securing intimacy. WLHIV may find it easier to seek partners who are also living with HIV. A partner living with HIV is perceived as sharing similar fertility goals. In this study, HIV accentuates existing issues and highlights new ones for WLHIV negotiating intimacy. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Juta Law en_ZA
dc.source Acta Juridica en_ZA
dc.source.uri https://jutalaw.co.za/products/acta-juridica-2013
dc.title Renegotiating intimate relationships with men: how HIV shapes attitudes and experiences of marriage for South African women living with HIV: 'Now in my life, everything I do, looking at my health' en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-05-05T07:18:53Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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