Temporality in the perception of the risks associated with the bareback on MSM

Published: August 1, 2008

Temporality in the perception of the risks associated with the bareback on MSM

Issues: Despite being aware of the risk of HIV, many MSM choose to have unprotected sex. Few studies exist on the matter, that’s why it was realized a qualitative research about the intersubjective configuration that determines the adoption of preventive measures against HIV.

Description: In 2007, researchers from anthropology, psychology, philosophy and linguistics, used in-depth interviews, life stories, case studies and content analysis to study the practice of the Bareback in 50 young urban MSM. It was found that the MSM perceive their immediate time-space world "immune" to HIV and that they are going to be able to deal with the infection later. They protect themselves from subjective risks of immediate nature. (frustration, loneliness, isolation), ignoring the dangers, which reactions appears in the long term (HIV/AIDS). The immediate time seems safer than it actually is subtracting importance to the highly probable objective risks.

Lessons learned: The Bareback represents a gap between perceived and objective risks, these are not evaluated either on a neutral way or without historical and cultural influences. The MSM react to the risks influenced by time variables of symbolic and emotional nature rather than logical-rational analysis about cost-benefit.

Next steps: So that the strategies for HIV prevention among MSM be highly effective, those must consider that risks are dynamic processes instead of events lacking in duration. This will require the use of models that do not address the bareback as if this were a disruptive phenomenon, but as a behavior that is intersubjectively legitimized because of the risk’s social and temporary construction and vulnerability historically accumulated.

-Abstract available at link below-

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