Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative

  • Asha Persson
  • Shana D. Hughes

Part of the Social Aspects of HIV book series (SHIV, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Biomedicine, Change & Diversity: Conceptualising Serodiscordance

  3. Stigma, Culture & Gender: Contextualising Serodiscordance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Stacy Jennings
      Pages 101-105
    3. Jyoti Dhawale-Surve
      Pages 107-110
    4. M. Kumi Smith, Huixin Liu, Junjue Wang, Wensheng He, Gail E. Henderson, William C. Miller et al.
      Pages 125-138
    5. Yordanos M. Tiruneh, Yemane Berhane, Ira B. Wilson
      Pages 139-152
    6. Sangeeta Sharma Dhaor
      Pages 185-199
  4. Love, Risk & Relationships: Negotiating Serodiscordance

About this book


This edited volume presents a detailed portrait of couples living with mixed HIV status, where one partner is HIV-positive and the other negative. Readers will come to understand the various and complex ways in which these mixed-status, or serodiscordant couples build a life together within the shadow of HIV-related stigma. Spanning the globe, coverage explores serodiscordance as a negotiated practice and process, inseparable from the social context in which it is situated. The book shows how couples draw on diverse and sometimes contradictory cultural discourses of medicine, romance, and “normality” to make sense of and manage their mixed HIV status and any perceived risks, not uncommonly in ways that depart from prevailing HIV prevention messages. Throughout, compelling personal stories accompany the empirical research, sharing the firsthand experiences of men and women in serodiscordant relationships. Bringing together research from diverse disciplines and geographical regions, this book contributes important insights for future HIV health promotion as well as offers new knowledge to scholarship on the cultural intersections of illness and intimacy. It will appeal to a broad audience working across the fields of HIV, health, gender, sexuality, development, and human rights. 


Effective HIV treatment HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative people Mixed HIV status couples Serodiscordance couples Serodiscordant Intimate relationships

Editors and affiliations

  • Asha Persson
    • 1
  • Shana D. Hughes
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Social Research in HealthUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Center for AIDS Prevention StudiesUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42723-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42725-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-6559
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-6567
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