Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
A recent ad campaign with the slogan "500 people are infected with HIV,
only 250 are tested" reinforces prevention as a first defense. Clearly, as
we begin a third decade of living with AIDS, understanding what motivates
people to be tested, practice safer sex, and disclose their HIV seropositive
status to their partners is imperative.
In Mortal Secrets Klitzman and Bayer provide
an in-depth look at the motivations, beliefs, and practices of those who must
decide to get tested and if positive, whether or not to disclose, and when.
The 77 interviewees, 60 of whom tested positive, come from the major infection
groups, including intravenous drug users and their partners. Sexual orientation
and ethnicity of the participants are mixed, including heterosexuals, bisexuals,
lesbians, gays, whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Pacific islanders.
Interviewees were recruited from a study of gay men living with HIV, advertisements
in gay magazines, and an inner-city infectious disease clinic.
Waldner LK. HIV, Disclosure. JAMA. 2004;292(2):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.292.2.277