Globally, intimate partner violence
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is known about IPV among men living with HIV. While most of the documented facts
are from quantitative surveys, very little has been documented from qualitative
studies on the subject. Hence, this study sought to explore the experiences of IPV
among HIV-positive men living in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State Nigeria. This study was
carried out using an experiential qualitative research approach which collected
data through a semi-structured interview that explored the IPV experiences of 23
HIV-positive men, who were all Hausa – Muslims. Their experience of IPV was explored
regarding the types of violence, reasons, and consequences. The data were explored
with reflexive thematic analysis. Common themes relating to reasons for victimization,
the types of IPV experienced, and the consequences of IPV were generated. All the
participants in this study had experienced psychological aggression; some had experienced
physical assault, while one of the participants had experienced sexual coercion.
The reasons for the victimization: include disclosure of HIV status, domestic issues,
and suspicion about extra-marital affairs. The experience of IPV against men living
with HIV is complex, with psychological aggression and physical assault occurring
concurrently. It is of essence to address IPV among men living with HIV as this
may lead to a poorer health outcomes.
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