November 9, 2009
The researchers investigated experiences of sexual violence among women in HIV discordant unions, relationships in which one partner is HIV-infected and the other is not, attending HIV post-test club services in Uganda.
The qualitative critical incident technique was used to interview a volunteer sample of 26 women from three AIDS Information Centers who reported, in a larger epidemiological study, having experienced sexual violence. TEXTPACK, a software application for computer-assisted content analysis, was used to analyze the data collected. Incidents of sexual violence narrated by the women included the use of physical force and verbal threats.
Analysis of the data identified four themes that characterized the women's experience of sexual violence: knowledge of HIV test results; prevalence of sexual violence; vulnerability; and proprietary views and reactions to sexual violence. Their male partners' alcohol abuse was a key factor in the women's experience of sexual violence.
11.2009; Vol. 21; No. 11: P. 1363-1370; Donath Emusu; Nataliya Ivankova; Pauline Jolly; Russell Kirby; Herman Foushee; Fred Wabwire-Mangen; Drake Katongole; John Ehiri