Silence and assumptions: Narratives on the disclosure of HIV status to casual sexual partners and serosorting in a group of gay men in Barcelona

Percy Fernández-Dávila, Cinta Folch, Kati Zaragoza Lorca, Jordi Casabona

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Abstract

Disclosing HIV status and seeking sexual partners with the same serostatus (serosorting) are strategies used by some gay and bisexual men to have unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). This study aims to gain an understanding of the occurrence of disclosure and serosorting with casual sexual partners. A grounded approach was used to analyze 22 interviews with gay men from Barcelona. The results reveal that disclosure of serostatus or the seeking of sexual partners of the same HIV status are not behaviors in the repertoire of most HIV-negative men and were not even taken into account when they engaged in UAI with casual sexual partners. The opposite was observed in HIV-positive respondents who did consider the possibility of revealing their serostatus. Some relied on intuition or subjective elements to evaluate the HIV status of their occasional partners. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-155
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Gay men
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Risk
  • Serodisclosure
  • Serosorting
  • Sexual behaviors

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