The Body Covers: The XIII International AIDS Conference
Does Optimism about HIV Treatment Lead to Riskier Sexual Behavior?
July 13, 2000
The overall score on the five-item optimism scale was low and the average responses fell between "disagree" and "strongly disagree". However, the relationship between the average optimism score and HIV status varied among the cities. HIV-positive men in Vancouver were significantly more optimistic than HIV-negative men, although this was not associated with high-risk behavior. Optimism was associated with high-risk behavior among HIV-negative men in London and among all men surveyed in Australia regardless of their HIV status.
This study highlights the heterogeneity of gay men's responses in different countries to new HIV treatments, and underscores the need to continue to deliver appropriate safe sex messages to all gay men regardless of their HIV infection status.
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