Using Australian research I will explore how gay men calculate potential risk against their desire to pursue pleasure. Beliefs about HIV and risk are highly contextual and dynamic. The emphasis individuals place on pleasure depends on their assessment of relative risk. Concerns about the consequences of HIV infection depend on perceptions of the effects of treatment on the long-term health of HIV-positive people, whereas concerns about transmission depend on how much the effects of treatments, and knowledge of serostatus, can affect the likelihood of transmission.
Issues of trust – trust in partners, trust in knowledge, trust in medication – are central. However, gay men whose sexual desires tend to be riskier are more likely to take an ‘optimistic’ view when pursuing those particular desires. Rapid changes in HIV prevention will undoubtedly mean gay men will continue to adjust their beliefs about relative risk, and consequently will change their behaviors accordingly to maximize their sexual pleasure. Advances in biomedical prevention offer a challenge to us: While the public health goal is to reduce infections, for many individuals, their personal interest may also be in the opportunities these advances present for maximizing their pleasure, even if the risk of infection is generally increased. Is desire, and the rewards of pleasure, sometimes worth the potential risk? Are individual choices to discard condoms justified? Or are some gay men simply being irresponsible?
As a psychology and medicine student in the sixties and early seventies I realized that sexology was missing in the education and training curriculum for most health professionals. This concern encouraged me to ask my own department and the University of Gothenburg to modify the current curricula making sexology a compulsory subject in the academic training for physicians and psychologists in the first place.
The psychotherapy section of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender nonconforming People (SOC) is the most obvious component of the SOC that has to do with “heart”, the theme of this conference. Psychotherapy, to be good, requires empathy and imagination, connection and relatedness, and listening to story.
The LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX foundation coordinated an educational project ahead of the Euro 2012 Football Championship in Poland. This preventative and educational program
The medical sexology can be a significant domain for clinical Psychiatry. It is crucial to stress the importance of evaluating sexual life in the clinical global assessment of psychiatric patients/clients: Diagnoses, treatment and quality of their sexual life’s. It is stressed the sexological approach done by the psychiatrists or psychologists in the medical or surgical team in Liaison Psychiatry inside the general hospital.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent