HIV serostatus disclosure to sexual partners among HIV-positive methamphetamine-using gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

Karen C. McCready, Perry N. Halkitis

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Abstract

Nineteen semistructured interviews with HIV-positive methamphetamine-using gay, bisexual, or other MSM were analyzed qualitatively and using Critical Incident Measure (CIM). Among those who reported successful disclosure, themes regarding disclosure strategies and precontact disclosure emerged. Although few men spontaneously discussed the association between methamphetamine and disclosure, those who did reported less inclination to ascertain partner serostatuswhile under the influence. Menwho reported disclosure to an HIV-seroconcordant partner were more likely to report not exchanging semen in this encounter compared with nondisclosers, whereas condom nonuse emerged as a theme across disclosure groups. Most of those who reported nondisclosure described their most recent encounter under the influence as occurring in the context of a public sex environment and/or with multiple partners. Understanding the interaction between methamphetamine use and serostatus disclosure practices, particularly among HIV-positive men, and how this interaction impacts sexual risk-taking has important implications for HIV prevention work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-29
Number of pages15
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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