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Relative safety II. Risk and unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) amongst gay men with diagnosed HIV: overview of findings

12th annual CHAPS Conference (C12), Brighton, 3rd - 4th March 2009.

Speakers: Adam Bourne & Catherine Dodds

This talk provided an overview of key findings from the our Relative safety II study. It described the range of physical harms that men with diagnosed HIV face when engaging in UAI (including super-infection and hepatitis C co-infection) and the potential harms to their moral or social identity (including being involved in onward transmission of HIV, community condemnation, criminal prosecution, sexual enjoyment and intimacy). The ways in which men with diagnosed HIV sought to manage those harms in a way that still might allow for enjoyable sex were also discussed. The presentation closed with a recommendation for tailored interventions with diagnosed positive gay men appropriate to their individual needs.

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