(1) i will be definitely not HIV-infected; (2) i do believe that i’m HIV-infected that I am not HIV-infected; (3) I do not know; (4) I think I may be HIV-infected; (5) I know for sure. We categorised this into HIV-negative (1,2), unknown (3), and HIV-positive (4,5) status. The questionnaire enquired in regards to the HIV status of each and every intercourse partner aided by the concern: ‘Do you understand whether this partner is HIV-infected? ’ with similar response options as above. Perceived concordance in HIV status within partnerships had been categorised because; (1) concordant; (2) discordant; (3) unknown. The category that is last all partnerships where in actuality the participant failed to understand their own status, or perhaps the status of their partner, or both. The HIV status of the participant is self-reported and self-perceived in this study. The HIV status associated with intimate partner is as identified because of the participant.
To be able to explore feasible disclosure of HIV status we also asked the participant whether or not the sex that is casual knew the HIV status of this participant, with all the solution options: (1) no, (2) possibly, (3) yes. Intimate behaviour with each partner had been dichotomised as: (1) no rectal intercourse or only protected rectal intercourse, and (2) unprotected intercourse that is anal. (more…)