Investigating one’s own infection: Gay men recently diagnosed with HIV

By Mélanie Perez


Following their diagnosis, gay men living with HIV carry out an investigation to identify the partner and the context of their infection based on biological analyses. This study allows us to understand the back and forth from the biological to the social, and it also shows how the reflexive work of these men often involves a subjective experience of shame and stigmatization. Despite the progress made in biomedicine, the experience of HIV positivity is still marked by a process of disqualification and downgrading of homosexuality.


  • Gay men
  • HIV
  • Investigation
  • Biographical reflexivity
  • Contamination
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