Journal article

The role of stigma in the acceptance and disclosure of HIV among recently diagnosed men who have sex with men in Australia: A qualitative study

Jade E Bilardi, Alana Hulme-Chambers, Marcus Y Chen, Christopher K Fairley, Sarah E Huffam, Jane E Tomnay

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Our primary study aimed to explore the experiences of men who have sex with men (MSM) recently diagnosed with HIV and their partner notification practices. Themes relating to acceptance, and disclosure of, their HIV status strongly emerged during analysis in our larger study and are reported separately here. METHOD: Fifteen MSM participated in semi-structured interviews by phone or face to face about their experience of a recent HIV diagnosis. In this paper we report on how they received and accepted the diagnosis, who they disclosed their diagnosis to and what is needed to improve support for MSM recently diagnosed with HIV. RESULTS: MSM's reactions to their HIV diagnosis ranged..

View full abstract