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9_Rier - HIV and Morality Online - The ethical dynamics of...

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The ethical dynamics of HIV+ status disclosure 1051 © 2007 The Author Journal compilation © 2007 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness/Blackwell Publishing Ltd collective, mutually reinforced norm, with many engaging in an implicit policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. In fact, at baths and sex clubs, anonymity and the absence of conversation defined the milieu. The present data confirm the existence of such a norm (at least in certain contexts). Numerous posters agreed with this remark: Isn’t there a buyer beware [expectation] when you are having casual sex – I mean isn’t everyone assumed to be positive or at least possibly dangerous cause they are out there and having sex freely and without worry? One thread opened as follows: recently infected. . . . Lost my nerve, not my looks. So I just stay away from possible encounters. Getting tired of that. How do you break the news. OR do you? Responses included: Tell/Don’t tell? . . . I live in San Francisco. The Stats tell us that some monumentally high number of men in the city are positive. This truth, coupled with the fact that the majority
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