Where in Social and Sexual Networks Should HIV Interventions Target?
Identifying Similarities in Social Contexts Characteristics and Mutual Disclosure Behaviors of HIV Status and MSM Identity Across Social and Sexual Networks
Disclosure of HIV status and men who have sex with men (MSM) identity both have public health significance (as a strategy to prevent further transmission by those infected with HIV) and personal health benefits for HIV-positive individuals (such as greater treatment adherence, greater social support, higher self-esteem, and lower levels of depression). Understanding where similarities in social context characteristics and disclosure behaviors lie in respondents' various sexual and social networks has important implications for developing new and innovative HIV interventions.
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- Pages: 112
- Document Number: RGSD-285
- Year: 2011
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Introduction and Motivation
A Review of the Literature: Disclosure of HIV Status and MSM Identity
Data Description and Methods
Respondents' Social Contexts and Individual Characteristics
Respondents' Disclosure Behaviors of HIV Status and MSM Identity
Dyadic Analyses: Mutual Disclosure of HIV Status and MSM Identity within Referral Pairs
Conclusions and Discussion
This document was submitted as a dissertation in August 2011 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the doctoral degree in public policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The faculty committee that supervised and approved the dissertation consisted of Harold Green, Jr. (Chair), Gery Ryan, and Jennifer Sayles.
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