Biomedical HIV interventions among MSM
Biomedical prevention is changing the sexual practices of Australian gay and bisexual men. This presentation draws on two sets of qualitative interviews to explore how these changes are manifesting. In the first set of interviews, 1404 men responded to a free-text survey question about their attitudes towards pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is now available under public subsidy in Australia and findings offer insight into the social and sexual impact of highly accessible PrEP. In the second set of interviews, 21 men in serodiscordant relationships were interviewed to explore how they managed HIV, including an exploration of their negotiation of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). Findings describe the importance couples place on mutual responsibility for HIV prevention and the role of TasP in opportunity to engage in safe sex without condoms.
Steve Philpot is a qualitative social researcher who has recently submitted his PhD, conducted at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He researches a variety of aspects of gay men’s sexual practices, including the negotiation of monogamy and non-monogamy in coupled relationships, biomedical HIV prevention, experiences of people recently diagnosed with HIV, and sexual health.
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