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1046 David A. Rier © 2007 The Author Journal compilation © 2007 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd Yet disclosure’s actual value is controversial. When asked, seropositives may mistakenly declare themselves seronegative: their HIV test may have been performed during the post- infection window period when the virus was not easily detectable, or prior to subsequent infection. Clearly, the many seropositives unaware of their status (CDC 2006) are ill-equipped to disclose. Moreover, as the data below indicate, seropositives may knowingly deny their status when asked. Also, though those who consistently disclose may engage in fewer high- risk activities, this relationship is complex (Parsons et al. 2005). If both partners are HIV+, for example, disclosure can be used to justify unprotected relations, despite risk of reinfec- tion or other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) (Simoni and Pantalone 2004, Sheon and Crosby 2004, Serovich and Mosack 2003). Some thus conclude that disclosure should not
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