A conceptual model of HIV-disclosure in casual sexual encounters among men who have sex with men.

Published: October 7, 2010

HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately impact men who have sex with men (MSM). Advances in highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) have successfully helped HIV-infected individuals lead longer, healthier, and presumably more sexually active lives. Consequently, secondary prevention approaches aimed at reducing the rate of HIV transmission have raised important questions about the role of sexual communication, namely HIV disclosure, as a primary target for intervention. This paper proposes a conceptual model of HIV disclosure in casual sexual encounters among MSM informed by Goffman’s work on stigma and based on existing empirical research. The article concludes with an agenda for research based in this integrative model.

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