Are gay men more open about their HIV status these days?
Gay men are more likely to tell each other their HIV status before sex, although many see less need to do so if they use condoms.
HIV positive men are much more likely than HIV negative men to disclose their HIV status, but many HIV negative men react badly to this disclosure, even though they're pretty clear that they expect disclosure from HIV positive men. Rejection creates a big disincentive for HIV positive men to tell their HIV status.
In 2011, disclosure of HIV status before sex to any casual partner was more commonly reported by HIV positive men (76.1%) than by HIV negative men (52.9%).
Note: The NSW Public Health Act makes it clear that a person who knows they have HIV is guilty of an offence if he or she has sexual intercourse with another person unless, before intercourse takes place the other person has been informed of this and voluntarily accepts the risk of contracting HIV.
If we create a society which stigmatises being HIV positive, then discloser won't happen.
Daniel, HIV positive
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