As HIV rates have stabilized, HIV-positive individuals are living longer lives. More and more people today are in relationships where one of the two people has HIV – this is known as an HIV-serodiscordant relationship. Many diseases can bring stress to a relationship, but the impact of HIV is potentially unique. People in serodiscordant relationships may face many challenges, including stigma, accommodating new HIV technologies, and the risk of transmission between partners. We are a group of scientists, clinicians, and service providers, working towards gathering new information that can help people in serodiscordant relationships.
Talk about the ups and downs of living with HIV in your relationship. We want to hear from both partners, to get a fuller picture of the experience of living in a serodiscordant relationship.
Your participation will provide critical new evidence about the lives of people in serodiscordant relationships. Your experiences may help other couples, and may lead to better health and support programs for all.
We want to hear from both the HIV-positive and HIV-negative partner in your relationship. Each of you has your own experiences and perspectives. You and your partner may also need or want different services. Without talking to both people, we won’t be able to understand the distinct needs of each person in the relationship.
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey about you, your relationship and your social world. You can do the survey on-line on your computer or smartphone, or by interview over the telephone. The survey should take about 30 minutes to finish. At the end you will be offered a $20 gift card as a token of our appreciation.
Invite your partner
If you currently have a primary partner who has a different HIV status from you, we will ask you to invite them to separately complete the survey, after you have finished yours. By primary partner, we mean you consider yourselves to be “a couple,” “together” or “dating.” If your partner is not interested, you can still participate in the study.