Sigma Research

Cross contamination: attending to the risk of superinfection among HIV positive men having unprotected anal intercourse

6th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Critical Health Psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 9th 2009.

Speakers: Adam Bourne & Catherine Dodds

This international conference presentation used data from Relative safety II to explore the notion of HIV superinfection as it is understood by gay men with diagnosed HIV. The wide variety of advice offered by expert sources about the likelihood and consequences of superinfection appears to have facilitated an environment of uncertainty within which men with diagnosed HIV are not sure if, or how, they should respond. Superinfection was presented as just one risk amongst a myriad of other competing concerns that men with diagnosed HIV have to negotiate when having sex.