Sexuality and sexual risk behavior in HIV-positive men who have sex with men

N.M.C. van Kesteren, H.J. Hospers, G.J. Kok, P. van Empelen

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the psychological processes pertaining to sexuality and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM). The authors analyzed transcripts of 30 semistructured interviews. Findings suggest that sexual problems in HIV-positive MSM might be primarily caused by the perceived risk of transmitting HIV to others. Furthermore, safer sexual behavior seems to be related to feelings of personal responsibility for safer sex. This study illustrates that although some men might have a clear notion of personal responsibility for safer sex, contextual factors call influence whether behavior is consistent with their norms of personal responsibility. The implications of the study are discussed for the practice of HIV prevention for HIV-positive MSM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-168
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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