Body/Selves and Beyond: Men’s Narratives of Sexual Behavior on PrEP

Shana D. Hughes, Nicolas Sheon, Erin V.W. Andrew, Stephanie E. Cohen, Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, Albert Y. Liu

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Although pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has dramatically impacted HIV prevention, deep engagement with PrEP-takers’ own accounts of their sexual behavior is still rare. We report findings from semi-structured interviews with male participants of the US PrEP Demonstration Project. In their narratives, interviewees variously foregrounded their individual selves, interactions with sexual partners, and the biopolitical and historical context of their lives. PrEP served to discursively integrate the multiple selves populating these stories. We argue that medical anthropological notions can help make sense of men’s accounts, and PrEP’s role in them, advancing a holistic conception of personhood that includes but transcends concern with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-400
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 4 2018


  • HIV prevention
  • MSM
  • US
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • risk
  • sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology


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