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Title: Authority, HIV and sex between men in England
Author: Hickson, Ford Colin Ian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 3992
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2009
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The emergence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Britain in 1982 coincided almost exactly with my reaching sexual maturity as a gay man. It was therefore difficult not to be interested in HIV at this time. However, my academic interest in HIV was fostered during a psychology degree at Reading University, resulting in an undergraduate thesis in 1988 on social understandings of HIV and public policy endorsement. Following two years at the Terrence Higgins Trust and the AIDS self-help group Frontliners, my academic research career began in 1990 and has since then remained focused on the sexual transmission of HIV and its prevention. I argue that the behavioural and biological factors determining HIV infection, the psycho-social prevention needs associated with those factors, and the range of community, service and policy actions determining those needs, are together so diffuse and diverse that no single agency or authority can be expected to have control over HIV incidence. Conversely, all agencies, authorities and individuals are able to make a contribution to minimising new infections.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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