Davis, M., Hart, G., Imrie, J., Davidson, O., Williams, I., and Stephenson, J. (2002) HIV is HIV to me: the meanings of treatment, viral load and reinfection for gay men living with HIV. Health: Risk and Society, 4 (1). pp. 31-43. ISSN 1369-8575
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This paper identifies some aspects of the risk management practices of HIV positive gay men in relation to HIV treatments and sexual practice. The paper uses qualitative methods to examine sexual practice and HIV transmission in relation to HIV blood test viral load information. Questions of reinfection with HIV are also examined. Open-ended interviews were conducted with 25 gay and other homosexually active men and analysed for relevant themes. Interviewees spoke of different approaches to risk assessment in relation to viral load and reinfection, drawing on their experiences and advice. This diversity is connected with various risk management 'styles' that reflected positions about HIV transmission risk, the characteristics of the partner and the sexual situation. Some implications for HIV prevention are identified, including the need to address the links between prevention and treatment. HIV prevention strategies will need to address development of education in relation to evolving knowledge about treatment technologies and connections with HIV transmission.
|Glasgow Author(s):||Hart, Prof Graham and Stephenson, Prof John|
|Authors:||Davis, M., Hart, G., Imrie, J., Davidson, O., Williams, I., and Stephenson, J.|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine|
|College/School:||College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine > Centre for Population and Health Sciences|
|Journal Name:||Health: Risk and Society|