Sigma Research

Being negative: gay men, sex, love and risk

Duration: June 2015 - March 2016

This qualitative project explores what it means to be HIV negative for gay men and other men who have sex with men. How does being HIV negative influence the sex we have, the friendships we make, the relationships we form, how we see the world around us?

Much has changed since we last asked these questions 10 years ago. There is much greater access to HIV testing and new prevention approaches have been introduced such as Post-Exposure Prophylaxes (PEP), Treatment as Prevention (TasP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxes (PrEP). Online communication has changed the way men socialise and meet sexual partners. We want to know how gay men who know or believe they are HIV negative have sex and manage HIV risk within this new environment.

Over the summer of 2015, we will be interviewing 25 men who live in London. To qualify to take part men will need to (a) know or believe themselves to be HIV negative at the time of recruitment into the study and (b) had more than 12 sexual partners in the 12 months prior to interview.

If you would like to take part in the study please click this link to register your interest.

Contact for this project: Peter Keogh, University of Greenwich.

This project is a collaboration between the University of Greenwich, Sigma Research at LSHTM and Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust and is funded by Health Education South London. The research has received ethical approval from the University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee.