Remittances Review

ISSN:2059-6588 | e-ISSN: 2059-6596

ISSN:2059-6588 | e-ISSN: 2059-6596

Exploring Marital Intimacy and Parenting in HIV Concordant Couples in Pakistan

Dr. Ume Habiba, Dr. NudratMushtaq, SidrahShafeeq
Marital intimacy, Parenting, HIV consultants, Social phenomenology, HIV Concordant Couples. ,


The prognosis of HIV does not deter individuals from marriage, an active sexual life, and the desire for parenting. Marital relationships and parenting are possible for HIV couples. This study aimed to explore marital intimacy and parenting among HIV concordant couples in the Punjab province of Pakistan. A qualitative phenomenological research design was used, and 18 HIV-concordant couples with at least one child after HIV diagnosis and 4 HIV consultants were selected using purposive sampling. In-depth interviews were conducted with both partners, and thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Three key themes emerged: 1) Transformative Changes in Marital Intimacy among HIV Couples, 2) Childbearing concerns, and 3) Navigating parenthood challenges for couples living with HIV. HIV disclosure can impact marital relationships positively or negatively. The study also identified barriers related to childbearing and family maintenance among HIV concordant couples.Researchers integrated feedback from HIV couples and consultants to provide a comprehensive understanding of the phenomenon.