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Klitzman, R. Bayer, R. (2003). Tell It Slant: Sex, Disclosure, and HIV. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 4(3):227-262.

(2003). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 4(3):227-262

Tell It Slant: Sex, Disclosure, and HIV

Robert Klitzman, M.D. and Ronald Bayer, Ph.D.

Encounters with HIV can tell us much about how we as individuals communicate about and view our bodies and most intimate selves—how we view and approach truth, lies, sex, and trust. Better ways of handling issues of disclosure in conjunction with changed sexual practices can be crucial to thwarting the HIV pandemic. We interviewed in depth 59 HIV-infected and 18 uninfected gay, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women. Five strategies emerged for dealing with disclosure and safer sex. Clinicians and policymakers need to be as aware and sensitive as possible to the perspectives of men and women grappling with these issues.

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