Understandings of risk among HIV seroconverters in Sydney Slavin, Sean en_US Richters, Juliet en_US Kippax, Susan en_US 2021-11-25T14:58:32Z 2021-11-25T14:58:32Z 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the risk discourses of Sydney gay men who had recently become HIV positive. 92 in depth interviews were conducted eliciting narratives about the incident in which they believed they became infected. The veracity of this narrative was negotiated between the interviewer and participant. Qualitative analysis was performed in order to distinguish different styles of thinking and acting in relation to risk. Two overarching discourses were distinguished that broadly related to the fields of public health, HIV prevention education, social theory and health policy. These we characterise as `quantifiable/objectivist` and `social/subjectivist`. The first approach sees risk as objectively knowable through the application of scientific method or reasoned thinking. The second regards actors as culturally embedded in relation to risk, itself a cultural category. The fact that all men in this study became infected demonstrates the potential fallibility of both approaches. HIV prevention strategies need to take account of both the cultural aspects of risk, understanding the embedded quality of everyday cultural practices such as hygiene, and understand these assumptions are often inadequate for preventing HIV infection. Objectivist approaches also entail problems as many men using them felt HIV infection to be inevitable or unavoidable in some circumstances. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1369-8575 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other risk en_US
dc.subject.other HIV en_US
dc.subject.other gay men en_US
dc.subject.other seroconversion en_US
dc.title Understandings of risk among HIV seroconverters in Sydney en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 39-52 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 6 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Slavin, Sean en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Richters, Juliet, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Kippax, Susan, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Centre for Social Research in Health *
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