Please read Dr. Halkitis’ article in Culture, Health, & Sexuality titled, “‘Why aren’t you on PrEP? You’re a gay man’: reification of HIV ‘risk’ influences perception and behaviour of young sexual minority men and medical providers.“
Public health models and medical interventions have often failed to consider the impact of reductionist HIV ‘risk’ discourse on how sexual minority men interpret, enact and embody biomedical knowledge in the context of sexual encounters. The aim of this study was to use an anthropological lens to examine sexual minority men’s perception of HIV risk and experience within the medical system in order to examine the influence of risk discourse on their health, behaviour and social norms. In-depth interviews (n = 43) were conducted with a racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse sample of young sexual minority men and explored HIV-related beliefs and experiences, as well as their interactions with healthcare providers. To read the full article.
‘Why aren’t you on PrEP? You’re a gay man’: reification of HIV ‘risk’ influences perception and behaviour of young sexual minority men and medical providers. Hascher K, Jaiswal J, Lorenzo J, LoSchiavo C, Burton W, Cox A, Dunlap K, Grin B, Griffin M, Halkitis PN. Cult Health Sex. 2021 Dec 30:1-15. PMID: 34965849 DOI: 1080/13691058.2021.2018501