chapter  10
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Positive Sex: Sexual Relationships Following an HIV-positive Diagnosis

One would expect an HIV diagnosis to have a profound impact on sexual behaviour given that it can be transmitted sexually. Even when practising some forms of safer sex there is a slight possibility of infecting partners and, in addition, there is much public opprobrium directed at people with HIV who knowingly put other people at risk. People diagnosed with HIV thus have to re­ assert their sexual identities and re-establish sexual relationships within a hostile and frightening environment related to their potential to infect others.