HIV/STI prevention technologies and ‘strategic (in)visibilities

Mark Davis, Paul Flowers

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Abstract

Disclosure is a central, but often taken-for-granted, aspect of the social interventions that seek to prevent and moderate the impact of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Such disclosures matter in intimate life, too, influencing as they do matters of safer sex, establishing relationships and procreation. In both public health systems and in intimate life, however, there is some evidence that disclosure is coming to be articulated in novel ways with, and through, technology. Such technologies include rapid HIV test and treat interventions, social media used to establish sexual connections and enhance contact tracing for HIV and STIs, and home testing that, to some extent, bypasses traditional clinical services and their structured disclosures, as occurs with pre- and post-test counselling. These transformations have implications for the practice of sexual health and ramifications for how to conceptualise disclosure as social practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisclosure in Health and Illness
EditorsM. Davis, L. Manderson
PublisherRoutledge
Pages72-89
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780415702478
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • HIV prevention
  • STI prevention
  • disclosure
  • public health

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    Davis, M., & Flowers, P. (2014). HIV/STI prevention technologies and ‘strategic (in)visibilities. In M. Davis, & L. Manderson (Eds.), Disclosure in Health and Illness (pp. 72-89). Routledge . http://www.guilfordpress.co.uk/books/details/9780415702478/