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Kathy Triffit discusses PLWHA NSW campaign "Positive or Negative: HIV is in our lives". This presentation was given at the 2008 AFAO HIV educators conference.

Kathy Triffit discusses PLWHA NSW campaign "Positive or Negative: HIV is in our lives". This presentation was given at the 2008 AFAO HIV educators conference.

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  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Insert logo Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Who defines the everyday ? And how might a critical practice intervene into the everyday sexual lives of HIV positive gay men?
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention HIV prevention is recognised as a cultural practice, which engages in and reproduces community norms, ethics and values.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Dan: Through sex I’ve discovered how comfortable other guys feel about sex, their bodies and their emotions, and how strong they really are. I’ve realised I am strong, but the vulnerability is always there.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Richard: It encourages a shared practice for living, not just skills for existing, and it puts sex right in the middle.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Gerard: Several times when we’ve been playing with people and they’ve gotten bloody, I tell them we need to stop and carry on with some other activity. With the toys we use for arse play, I always have condoms on hand, for hygiene for them as well as for myself. Yeah, and wash the toys thoroughly afterwards, make sure they’re clean. … Sometimes you wake up to brush your teeth and there’s a sink full of dildos (laughs).
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • Positive or negative: HIV is in our lives looks at the learning and practices gay men take on to manage risk, disclosure and the assumptions made about HIV serostatus. It offers strategies and practical tips on taking back control after a risk event, the subsequent testing for HIV and dealing with a positive diagnosis.
    • SEX PIGS: Dark and dirty sex and managing your health draws on the practices and learning of sexually adventurous gay men, thereby sharing strategies to better manage their health and the health of their partners.
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  • POSITIVE ______ _____ NEGATIVE HIV IS IN OUR LIVES
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • What the research says? Translating research into the everyday
    • Positive or negative: HIV is in our lives
    • Both positive and negative men can make certain assumptions (e.g. “He didn’t ask for a condom he must be positive”; “If he didn’t disclose, he must be negative”). These are challenges to overcome and deal with, not only when negotiating sex, but also in our HIV prevention work.
    • (The Health In Men and Positive Health Cohorts: A comparison of trends in the health and sexual behaviour of HIV negative and HIV positive gay men, 2002-2005)
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • What the research says? Translating research into the everyday
    • SEX PIGS: Dark and dirty sex and managing your health.
    • Sexually confident HIV positive men are highly represented in the subculture.
    • Smith, G., Worth H., Kippax, S. Sexual Adventurism among Sydney gay men (Monograph 3/2004) Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, the University of New South Wales.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • What the research says? Translating research into the everyday
    • SEX PIGS: Dark and dirty sex and managing your health.
    • While consistent condom use with casual partners of unknown status is a key message of this campaign, it also acknowledges a tendency of many HIV positive men to seek other positive men in casual encounters as a harm reduction strategy and continue to redefine the limits of risk and safety. (The campaign challenges un-communicated assumptions about HIV status.)
    • Fogarty, A., Mao, L., Zablotska, I., Santana, H., Prestage, G., Rule, J., Canavan, P., Murphy, D., and McGuigan, D. (2006). The Health in Men and Positive Health cohorts: A comparison of trends in the health and sexual behaviour of HIV-negative and HIV-positive gay men, 2002 – 2005 (Monograph 1/2006) Sydney: National Centre in HIV Social Research, the University of New South Wales.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
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  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • Key themes:
            • Managing disclosure and assumptions
            • Normalising discussions on risk and
            • crossing boundaries
            • Bare-backing
            • Stigma and sexual rejection
            • Sero-sorting (pos-pos sex)
            • Role of the Internet in negotiating sex
            • and building confidence around HIV and
            • discussing status
            • Impact of drugs on risk taking
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
            • Phil: Positive or negative, HIV is in our lives. Even though we live in a gay community, with a lot of HIV visibility, there’s never much conversation around it.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • ‘ Keeping it real’
    • using everyday language and imagery
    • Greg (Focus test, Positive or negative: HIV
    • is in our lives ): I want to see a real
    • situation with a real message about
    • something that I’m about to do.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • ‘ Keeping it real’
    • using everyday language and imagery
    • Gerard : [Campaign messages]
    • should talk in the language that we
    • speak in. It should talk about fucking,
    • it should talk about cocks, fisting and
    • arses, it should talk about being a sex
    • pig- it should spell it out.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • Richard: The different stories
    • resonated with me and helped
    • me to identify with the
    • information. They grabbed my attention by dealing with the
    • reality of our sexual lives.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
  • If you are worried you might be HIV positive, have a test and take control of your health.
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  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • Noel: I am ashamed that I got
    • drunk the night I contracted
    • HIV. Although I attempted to
    • have safe sex I failed because
    • I was intoxicated. You can’t talk about it.
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention
    • Gavin: If you can’t be yourself while
    • having a fuck, why bother? I enjoy letting
    • go and letting myself be me, and hopefully
    • the other guy, or guys, are at ease, so that
    • they can be themselves.
    • Yeah, I’m a little pig, but I have set boundaries.
    • I’ m always upfront with: “I’m HIV positive - I’ll bareback with you if you’re positive.” Full
    • disclosure there […] they’re equipped with all
    • the knowledge they need.
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  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Dimitri: Sex is something I’ve got lost in because of how high you can go with your own desire and libido. Now, I’m going into a new direction with positive sexuality and intimacy. The sex pigs scene is always there when I need it […] .
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention Rick: We need stories of real people in real situations, people caught where they are - guys like us .
  • Guys like us reframing the everyday in HIV prevention www.positivelife.org.au