Centre for Social Research in Health
Critical perspectives on serodiscordance in family life
Christy Newman, Asha Persson, Joanne Bryant, kylie valentine, Kerryn Drysdale, Anthony Smith, Rebecca Gray (UNSW Sydney)
Myra Hamilton (University of Sydney)
Jack Wallace (Burnet Institute)
The clinical management of blood-borne viruses has changed rapidly in recent years. Yet, social stigma remains a persistent issue. Families that include people with mixed viral status (also known as ‘serodiscordance’) play a critical role in supporting those who have been diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis B and/or hepatitis C. However, little is known about the role and experiences of families in the prevention, management and treatment of these viruses.
Researchers at the Centre for Social Research in Health (UNSW Sydney), in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW Sydney) and The Burnet Institute, received funding from the Australian Research Council to conduct a three-year qualitative Discovery Project (DP160100134) to document – for the first time – firsthand accounts of what serodiscordance means in the context of everyday family life.
In this study, we set out to:
Our research activities included a critical examination of the literature on families and caregivers affected by HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B, along with in-depth interviews with:
Publications are continuing beyond the 2020 conclusion of the study and will be highlighted here.
Our thanks go to the members of the project Advisory Committee, and other partner organisations who supported us with recruitment, including:
Centre for Social Research in Health
HIV and Sexual Health
Smith, A., Persson, A. Drysdale, K., Bryant, J, valentine, k., Wallace, J., Hamilton, M., Gray, R., Newman, C.E., (2021) Family imaginaries in the disclosure of a blood-borne virus. Published online in Sociology of Health and Illness on 15 May 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13316
Persson, A; Smith, A; Wallace, J; valentine, k; Bryant, J; Hamilton, M, Newman, C. (2020) Understanding “risk” in families living with mixed blood-borne viral infection status: The doing and undoing of “difference”. Published online in in Health on 1 August 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459320946469
Drysdale, K., Newman, C.E., Persson, A., Gray, R.M. (2020) Mapping experiences of serodiscordance: using visual methodologies to construct relationality in families living with or affected by stigmatised infectious disease. Qualitative Health Research, 30(5): 793-808. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732319890304
valentine, k., Persson, A., Newman, C., Hamilton, M., Bryant, J., Wallace, J. (2020) Experience as evidence: the prospects for biographical narratives in drug policy. Published online in Contemporary Drug Problems on 10 April 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091450920916244
Persson, A., Newman, C.E., valentine, k., Hamilton, M., Bryant, J. & Wallace, J. (2019) The embodied relationality of blood-borne viruses: How families matter in the context of a stigmatised viral infection. Published online in Social Science & Medicine on 22 October 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112620 [OPEN ACCESS]
Hamilton, M., Botfield, J., Persson, A., Newman, C.E., Bryant, J., valentine, k., Wallace, J. (2018) Hidden carers? A scoping review of the needs of carers of people with HIV in the contemporary treatment era. International Journal of Carers and Caring, 2(4): 529-549. https://doi.org/10.1332/239788218X15411705099442
Newman, C.E., Persson, A, Ellard, J. (2018) When HIV figures in family life: exploring the relational reach of serodiscordance. Published online in Sexuality and Culture on 5 July 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-018-9542-2
Newman, C. (2018) Queer families: valuing stories of adversity, diversity and belonging. Published online in Culture, Health and Sexuality on 31 May 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2018.1468032 [OPEN ACCESS]
Persson, A., Newman, C., Hamilton, M., Bryant, J., Wallace, J., valentine, k. (2017) Families living with blood-borne viruses: the case for extending the concept of “serodiscordance”. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases. Volume 2017, Article ID 4352783, 10 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/4352783 [OPEN ACCESS]
Australian Research Council (DP160100134)