ABS150 - Sexual-affective relationships with HIV/Aids
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
11:00 AM, Thursday 31 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Midday Meal 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table E
Life with HIV/Aids has changed throughout the history of the disease, especially in sexual-affective relationships of this people. It is known that the discovery of HIV-infection may change love relationships, their meanings and how HIV/Aids-infected people develop self-care according to social and historical psychology. We worked with a database set between 2006-2007 and 2010-2012, comprised buy 85 members who answered to 14 pre-selected questions for the sample. Data analysis was carried out after preparing Meaning Groups and, to deepen the quality analysis, there was a Hierarchy Study per similarity using clusters, the speeches of people to comment the sexual-affective relationships and their influence in self-care. The outcome showed two clusters that involved women and men. Cluster 1 "Doing everything equally" is comprised of older married people with lower education level and involved in a stable relationship for longer periods. These people tend to duplicate the hegemonic role expected from men and women. Cluster 2 "Trying to Change!” is comprised of younger people with higher education levels, and people in stable relationships for shorter periods, or not involved in stable relationships. They provided an idealization of a relationship, representing what they would like to have, although they have a better understanding of their reality, being more psychically integrated and having fewer contradictions. Results show most participants tend to duplicate the hegemonic standard of sexual-affective relationships, sometimes with no criticism. Other participants create new meanings for their relationships, developing greater self-awareness, changing some actions and having better relationships, which may encourage self-care.