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The sexual needs and experiences of gay men living with diagnosed HIV

CHAPS Symposium: Positive prevention for MSM, Manchester, 3rd June 2010

Speakers: Adam Bourne

This talk draws on findings from our What do you need? 2007-08 survey of people living with diagnosed HIV across the UK. It focussed on the sexual health needs of gay and bisexual men and linked with findings from Relative safety II that highlight the impact of stigma and rejection on the lives of diagnosed gay and bisexual men, and the part that stigma has to play in the onward transmission of HIV. The talk concludes by emphasising that people living with HIV were those with the greatest unmet HIV prevention need at the point of their infection, and remain so at the point of their diagnosis. Those working to reduce the onward transmission of HIV should pay greater attention to the needs of diagnosed positive men, helping to ensure they are able to have the best sex possible with the least harm to themselves and others.

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