Understanding the biopsychosocial aspects of HIV disclosure among HIV-positive gay men in Scotland

Paul Flowers, Mark D.M. Davis

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This study presents an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiential accounts of HIV-positive gay men. Participants took part in open-ended interviews. Three key-related recurrent themes are presented: 'Disclosure, deliberation and the abject other'; 'Disclosure, care and the valued other' and 'Disclosure and intimate citizenship'. These highlight the complex, situated and mindful ways in which disclosure occurs. They stand in contrast to the understandings of HIV status disclosure as a 'health behaviour' deracinated from its social, relational and emotional dimensions. We explore the findings in relation to contemporary HIV prevention (with its increasing biomedical slant) and in relation to a biopsychosocial framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-724
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number5
Early online date30 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • biopsychosocial
  • disclosure intervention
  • gay men
  • HIV disclosure
  • HIV prevention
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis

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