Understanding the impact of HIV diagnosis amongst gay men in Scotland: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Paul Flowers, Mark Davis, Michael Larkin, S. Church, C. Marriott

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Although a wide literature details the psychological impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) diagnosis, it predates the introduction of effective treatment for HIV (i.e. anti-retroviral therapies, ARTs).This article explores the psychological impact of HIV diagnosis inpost-ART accounts. This is important, given the recent policy developments which focus upon increasing HIV testing and thus diagnoses. This study presents a qualitative exploration of the experiential accounts of HIV-positive gay men living in Scotland.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-91
Number of pages4
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011



  • Scotland
  • phenomenological analysis
  • HIV diagnosis
  • gay men

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