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Stigma, sexuality and HIV among gay men and bisexual men

CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars (Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Brighton), October & November 2009

Speakers: Catherine Dodds & Adam Bourne

In 2009, Sigma published several qualitative, or mixed methods research reports (namely: Relative safety II, Sexually charged, and Wasted opportunities) that explored a range of factors that influence how MSM ascribe meaning to sex and intimacy, and how this impacts on their HIV risk-related behaviour. The themes of stigma and responsibility running through these research reports formed the basis of two sets of half-day CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars hosted by CHAPS partners in five cities across England. Stakeholders were invited to attend a seminar on Stigma, sexuality and HIV hosted by CHAPS partners in five cities across England (Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Brighton) during October and November 2009. The half day seminar began with a research presentation outlining relevant findings from our recent research investigations, which explored a range of factors that influence how gay and bisexual men ascribe meaning to sex and intimacy, and how this impacts their HIV-related behaviour. Homophobia and stigma associated with HIV were central themes in these studies, and these seminars encouraged participants to explore how men's experiences of, and reactions to stigma were relevant to their interventions.Through a combination of presentations and groupwork activity the aim was to facilitate a space to help participants consider novel interventions to address men's perceptions of stigma. The seminar was funded by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of CHAPS, a partnership of organisations carrying out HIV prevention for gay men and bisexual men across England.

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