Learning from Interviews with HIV-Discordant Couples (Male Positive, Female Negative): The Challenges and Successes

Sandy N Tecimer1, 2, Denise Jaworsky1, 2, Trent Newmeyer3, Steven Chihrin4, Kevin Gough2, 5, Anita Rachlis2, 6, James Martin7, Saira Mohammed1, Mona R Loutfy*, 1, 2, 5
1 Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3 Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
4 University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
5 St.Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
6 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7 Southern Ontario Fertility Technologies, London, Ontario, Canada

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This article examines the challenges and successes of recruiting participants and maintaining momentum in a small qualitative study on the experiences of HIV-discordant couples (where the male is HIV-positive and the female is HIV-negative) undergoing fertility assessment and/or treatment in Ontario, Canada, to reduce the risk of HIV transmission to the woman and fetus. The purpose of this article is to identify barriers and successes encountered in our study, consider how these are addressed in the literature, and highlight specific factors that need to be considered when studying a unique population similar to ours.

Keywords: HIV-discordant, fertility, methodology, recruitment..