Community, responsibility and culpability: HIV risk-management amongst Scottish gay men

Flowers, P. , Duncan, B. and Frankis, J. (2000) Community, responsibility and culpability: HIV risk-management amongst Scottish gay men. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 10(4), pp. 285-300. (doi:10.1002/1099-1298(200007/08)10:4<285::AID-CASP584>3.0.CO;2-7)

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Abstract

This paper draws upon a qualitative study of Scottish gay men's understandings of HIV testing to explore the importance and changing understandings of 'community' within gay men's HIV risk-management. Nineteen men took part in one-to-one interviews, and 18 men took part in focus group discussions concerning HIV testing, HIV status and HIV risk-management. These discussions were subsequently analysed for recurrent themes using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. We focus on the ways in which new health technologies have afforded a process of 'othering': creating the social exclusion of known or assumed HIV positive men, and thus contributing to the fragmenting of the gay community. Further, we argue that, through shifting HIV avoidance mechanisms from their originally collective level to that of the individual, such technologies have had the unintended consequence of facilitating inadequate lay constructions of risk-management, potentially putting gay men at risk of HIV infection.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Flowers, Professor Paul
Authors: Flowers, P., Duncan, B., and Frankis, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1052-9284
ISSN (Online):1099-1298

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