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1050 David A. Rier © 2007 The Author Journal compilation © 2007 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd Indeed, a significant minority of online discussions of disclosure (particularly those involv- ing unprotected sex) included language much harsher than normally reported for support groups. On Internet groups, writing in very sharp tones is ‘flaming’. The significance of these frequent calls for disclosure is examined in the Discussion. Note, however, that posters were mainly preaching virtue to others, not reporting their own actual practices. Safer sex and non-disclosure Golden Rule sentiment was far from universal. One major (though partial) exception involved acts considered to constitute ‘safer sex’ ( i.e. those acts minimising the risky exchange of body fluids). I know it’s generally not talked about. But as a newly positive man I was wondering at what point in a relationship do you reveal your status. I’m thinking that if it’s a no-risk, low risk sexual relationship . . . there’s no reason to disclose.
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