Very few studies have been undertaken to explore in depth the reasons why individuals seek HIV antibody testing.
This paper discusses the socio-cultural meanings surrounding the HIV antibody test, using the findings from a qualitative study directed at understanding why'low risk'individuals make the decision to have an HIV test, their experiences of testing and their use of the result, especially in negotiating sexual relationships.
It is concluded that the less obvious reasons for taking the test include pressure from parents or lovers, as a symbolic closure or commencement of a sexual relationship, the discourse of mutuality, the privileging of'knowledge'and notions of responsibility and purity.
Implications for AIDS education programs and policy are addressed.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Dépistage, Homme, Australie, Sexualité, Risque, Motivation, Comportement, Education sanitaire, Virose, Infection, Océanie, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Medical screening, Human, Australia, Sexuality, Risk, Motivation, Behavior, Health education, Viral disease, Infection, Oceania, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.