November 5th, 2003

mini me + poo

Prompted by a discussion that's not publicly readable, alas

Poll #200739 Disclosure

"I'd expect someone with HIV to tell me they're positive before we had sex"

Strongly agree
16(57.1%)
Agree
5(17.9%)
Dunno
4(14.3%)
Disagree
3(10.7%)
Strongly disagree
0(0.0%)

What do you think that statement meant?

It's the duty of HIV+ people to disclose their status before having sex, I expect them to live up to this
12(46.2%)
All HIV+ people disclose their status before having sex
0(0.0%)
At some point in the future, I expect that at least one person will tell me they're HIV+ before we have sex
3(11.5%)
Other (what?)
5(19.2%)

Other:

Have you ever been told by someone that they're HIV+ before you had sex with them?

Yes
4(14.3%)
No, and I have had sex with someone
21(75.0%)
No, I haven't had sex with anyone
3(10.7%)

If yes, what did you do? If no, what would you have done?

Had exactly the same sort of sex with them that I'd have done if they hadn't said
11(55.0%)
Had a different form of sex with them
6(30.0%)
Changed my mind and not have any sex with them
1(5.0%)

Do you think you've had sex with anyone who's HIV+

Yes, and at least some of them told me
4(14.3%)
Probably, but they didn't tell me
5(17.9%)
Possibly, but they didn't tell me
0(0.0%)
I don't think so
12(42.9%)
No
7(25.0%)

When was your last HIV test

In the past six months
2(7.1%)
In the past year
7(25.0%)
In the past five years
7(25.0%)
Longer ago than five years
2(7.1%)
I've never had an HIV test
10(35.7%)

In the last ten years, have you ever fucked with someone without using a condom?

Yes, and I was sure I knew about their HIV status
17(63.0%)
Yes, but I wasn't sure I knew about their HIV status
5(18.5%)
Yes, but it was against my will
0(0.0%)
No
5(18.5%)
mini me + poo

Disclosure 2

Coo that was quick - a browser crash and when I come back, seven people had already done it.

It was prompted by the case of a man who's just been convicted in England of 'biological' Grevious Bodily Harm, after apparently infecting two women and the contrast between attitudes to this case and the situation for the UK's gay and bisexual men who are far more likely to come across (sorry!) someone who's HIV+.

The article that prompted the poll was published two years ago, and was in the newsletter of a London gay men's health project after a similar case in Scotland.

It followed a question that was asked in an annual survey of gay and bisexual men. It talked about men disclosing rather than 'people', sigh, but other than that it's the one in the previous post. Around 70% of respondents agreed... but what does it mean and how realistic are any of the expectations?

In short, I'd agree that those people who think it's the duty of people with HIV to disclose their status are those least likely to be disclosed to...


Individual messages, to be updated as needed:

(none at the mo)