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Med Anthropol. 2018 Jul;37(5):387-400. doi: 10.1080/01459740.2017.1416608. Epub 2018 Jan 19.

Body/Selves and Beyond: Men's Narratives of Sexual Behavior on PrEP.

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1
a Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco , San Francisco, California , USA.
2
b San Francisco Department of Public Health , San Francisco, California , USA.
3
c Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami , Miami, Florida , USA.

Abstract

Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has dramatically impacted HIV prevention, deep engagement with PrEP-takers' own accounts of their sexual behavior is still rare. We report findings from semi-structured interviews with male participants of the US PrEP Demonstration Project. In their narratives, interviewees variously foregrounded their individual selves, interactions with sexual partners, and the biopolitical and historical context of their lives. PrEP served to discursively integrate the multiple selves populating these stories. We argue that medical anthropological notions can help make sense of men's accounts, and PrEP's role in them, advancing a holistic conception of personhood that includes but transcends concern with HIV.

KEYWORDS:

HIV prevention; MSM; US; pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); risk; sexual behavior

PMID:
29257911
PMCID:
PMC6136979
DOI:
10.1080/01459740.2017.1416608
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