This is something that I think attributes wholey to personality. I don’t think culture comes into this at all. My last boyfriend coughpainintheasscough would smother me when I was sick. He would not leave me be at all. He would forcefeed me green tea and all sorts of noodle soups and make me stay in bed for a month. My love before him would hide from me if I even had the sniffles. This was a wise move on his part, but none the less a little wimpy. My current boyfriend calls to check on me and nags me to go to a doctor, but stays away.
I, myself, am the “Whatever you need” type. If the man wants me to stay and cook him chicken soup while dabbing a cold cloth on his head, I will be right over after work. If he wants me to stay away. I will. If I need to keep him company at the DRs office, I will.
So what do you do? When your lover is ill, do you stay away. Do you keep them company? Do you take care of them? Or does it depend on the lover or the disease?