Positive Plus One:
A research study of relationships where one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative
May 11, 2016 - As HIV rates have stabilized, HIV-positive individuals are living
longer lives. More and more people today are in relationships where only one of the two people has
HIV (an HIV-serodiscordant relationship). While there has been research on living with HIV, far
less is known about the issues faced by HIV-serodiscordant couples. Researchers from
the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in collaboration with physicians and AIDS Service
organizations from across the country, are therefore undertaking a national study of
people in serodiscordant relationships.
This study, named Positive Plus One, is
unique, because we want to hear from both the HIV-positive and HIV-negative partner in a
serodiscordant relationship. Each partner will complete the survey on their own, and not in the
presence of each other. However, if only one of the two partners wants to participate, they
can also be involved. If a person has recently (in the last 2 years) been in a
serodiscordant relationship, they can also participate, but we will not ask
them to invite their partner.
Positive Plus One is a mixed-methods study, meaning it includes both a survey, and an in-depth
interview. Anyone who takes the survey can also volunteer for the interview. From the survey,
we will obtain a broad understanding of serodiscordant couples' relationships, as well as
the characteristics of serodiscordant couples across Canada. From the interview, we
will learn about how these relationships unfolded over time, and provide people
with the opportunity to share their experience of living in a serodiscordant relationship.
Participants will receive a $20 gift card for participation in the survey, and an
additional $40 gift card if they are selected for the qualitative interview.
In order to participate, you must meet the following five criteria:
1) They are currently in a relationship where one partner is HIV-positive and
the other is HIV-negative and the relationship has lasted 3 months or longer, OR they were in one
in the past 2 years,
2) They live in Canada, and lived in Canada during at least part of the relationship,
3) They are at least 18 years old,
4) They speak either English or French,
5) If they are HIV-positive, they have disclosed their status to their HIV-negative partner.
To learn more, and to take the survey, visit the study website at www.PositivePlusOne.ca or call 1-888-740-1166
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