Virtual Ethnography of HIV: Positive Health Status in Gay Virtual Intimacies in Serbia
In this chapter, I discuss the issue of health disclosure on gay dating sites in Serbia. I focus on how HIV-positive status is disclosed online. Virtual ethnography of gay dating sites such as PlanetRomeo and Grindr in Serbia comprises the methodological framework for this research. The main questions addressed in this chapter are: what are the connections between online and sexual intimacy among gay men in Serbia? What is the role of virtual ethnography for the research on health disclosure in online communication? How does online presentation of bareback sexual subcultures with deliberate HIV transmission, such as stealthing, discursively impact on gay subjectivity?
I would like to express my gratitude to the Open Society Foundation, without their support, through the Civil Society Award, this research would not have been possible.
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