"Taking Care of Ourselves": The Experiences of Black Women Approaching and Encouraging Male Partners to Test for HIV.

Academic Article


  • Sixty percent of young adults living with HIV in the United States are unaware of their status despite recommendations to screen everyone. Effective approaches to encourage partner testing may increase status awareness. The purpose of our study was to understand young Black women's experiences when encouraging a partner to test for HIV, preferred approaches, and whether interpersonal context influenced the approach. Black women (n = 26) participated in the study in Boston-area focus groups (n = 6). Discussions ranged from difficult and stressful to positive and empowering. A variety of approaches (expressing caring, seeking understanding, leveraging the relationship, ultimatums, subtlety) were described in varied interpersonal contexts. Testing and sharing results fostered trust and relationship growth. If a partner was resistant, some ended relationships while others tested themselves and interpreted their results as their partners' status. Our findings could encourage HIV prevention initiatives to consider varied interpersonal contexts and enhance partner testing.
  • Authors

  • Nolte, Kerry
  • Kim, Tiffany
  • Guthrie, Barbara
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • May 2017
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • Attitude to Health
  • Black women
  • Blacks
  • Boston
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV prevention
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Sexual Partners
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • Women's Health
  • Young Adult
  • interpersonal context
  • partner testing
  • testing discussion
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 27890322
  • Start Page

  • 327
  • End Page

  • 341
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 3