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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