A tale of two epidemics: gay men’s mental health and the biomedicalisation of HIV prevention and care in Toronto

Through in-depth interviews with 24 gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) in Toronto, we examined how GBM are understanding the relationship between HIV and their mental health given recent biomedical advances in HIV prevention and care. Participants understood biomedical advances, such as undetectable viral load and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), as providing some relief from HIV-related distress. However, some considered non-HIV-specific stressors (e.g., unemployment, racial discrimination) as more significant than HIV-related concerns to their mental health. We argue for more analysis of the relationship between social and economic factors and GBM mental health.

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Ricky Rodrigues
March 06th, 2019

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