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Gay Men, Sex, and HIV/AIDS in Belgium

John Vincke, Ralph Bolton and Rudi Bleys

in AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034317
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034317.003.0014
Gay Men, Sex, and HIV/AIDS in Belgium

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While Belgium is more or less accepting of same-sex sexuality, cases of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation have been documented. Young people still encounter difficulties when coming out. They show higher rates of suicide ideation and attempts than do their heterosexual counterparts. Nonetheless, the situation of gays and lesbians has improved substantially in the past couple of years, thereby potentially opening up opportunities for enhanced prevention programs for gay men with HIV infection. This chapter focuses on gay life in Belgium. In a study conducted by the authors in Belgium, older gay men are more convinced than younger gay men that engaging in sex currently is less safe when compared with the past. Those with a lower educational level were more likely to be optimistic about new HIV treatments. Overall, it was learned that about three out of five gay men were generally practicing safer sex.

Keywords: HIV infection; Belgium; same-sex sexuality; sexual orientation; suicide; gay men; lesbians; prevention; gay life; safer sex

Chapter.  7730 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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