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

J Health Psychol. 2013 May;18(5):711-24. doi: 10.1177/1359105312454037. Epub 2012 Aug 30.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • HIV Seropositivity / psychology*
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology
  • Social Behavior
  • Young Adult