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Responsibility and HIV risk among gay men and bisexual men

CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars (Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, London, Brighton), January & February 2010

Speakers: Adam Bourne & Catherine Dodds

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. Following on from our first round of CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars on Stigma, sexuality and HIV, stakeholders were invited to attend a seminar on Responsibility and HIV risk among gay and bisexual men hosted by CHAPS partners in five cities across England (Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, London, Brighton) over five weeks in January and February 2010. The seminars addressed the ways that gay and bisexual men considered the notion of responsibility in relation to sex, how this played out in their day-to-day sexual lives, and what these findings meant for meeting HIV prevention need in local populations. 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 responsibility. The seminar was funded by CHAPS, a partnership of organisations carrying out HIV prevention for gay men and bisexual men across England.

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