Sexual (Dis)satisfaction and Its Contributors Among People Living with HIV Infection in Sweden

Nilsson Schönnesson, L., Zeluf, G., Garcia-Huidobro, D., Ross, M. W., Eriksson, L. E. & Ekström, A. M. (2018). Sexual (Dis)satisfaction and Its Contributors Among People Living with HIV Infection in Sweden. Archives of Sexual Behavior, doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1106-2

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Abstract

Earlier research reports lower sexual satisfaction among people living with HIV (PLHIV) compared to HIV-negative persons. A number of psychosocial factors directly associated with sexual dissatisfaction have been identified. Little is known about sexual satisfaction and their contributors among PLHIV in Sweden. The aim of this study was to examine direct and indirect effects of variables within sociodemographic, clinical HIV-related, psychological, and sexual domains on sexual(dis)satisfaction among PLHIV in Sweden. Data for this study was derived from a national representative, anonymous survey among PLHIV conducted in 2014 (n=1096). Statistical analysis included four steps: descriptive analyses, identification of variables associated with sexual (dis)satisfaction, identification of variables associated with those contributors of sexual (dis)satisfaction, and a path model integrating all these analyses. A total of 49% of participants reported being sexually dissatisfied and no significant differences were observed when non-heterosexual men, heterosexual men and women were compared. Among women, a negative change in sex life after HIV diagnosis and distress with orgasmic difficulties were directly associated with sexual dissatisfaction. For men, hopelessness, high HIV stigma, sexual inactivity in the last 6 months, and a negative change in sex life after HIV diagnosis were directly associated with sexual dissatisfaction. Path analyses showed in both men and women significant indirect association between not being involved in an intimate relationship, lower self-reported CD4 cell counts, and perceiving obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners as a barrier to look for a long-term partner and sexual dissatisfaction. Our results show that despite good treatment outcomes, the HIV diagnosis has a negative bearing on sexual satisfaction. The need for gender-tailored interventions and clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: HIV; PLHIV; sexual (dis)satisfaction; contributors; Sweden
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18807

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