HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men's attitudes to medicines, HIV treatments and antiretroviral-based prevention

AIDS Behav. 2013 Jul;17(6):2156-61. doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0313-z.


We assessed attitudes to medicines, HIV treatments and antiretroviral-based prevention in a national, online survey of 1,041 Australian gay men (88.3% HIV-negative and 11.7% HIV-positive). Multivariate analysis of variance was used to identify the effect of HIV status on attitudes. HIV-negative men disagreed with the idea that HIV drugs should be restricted to HIV-positive people. HIV-positive men agreed and HIV-negative men disagreed that taking HIV treatments was straightforward and HIV-negative men were more sceptical about whether HIV treatment or an undetectable viral load prevented HIV transmission. HIV-negative and HIV-positive men had similar attitudes to pre-exposure prophylaxis but divergent views about 'treatment as prevention'.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-HIV Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Data Collection
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • HIV Seronegativity*
  • HIV Seropositivity / psychology*
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-HIV Agents