Research on Disclosure of HIV Status: Cultural Evolution Finds an Ally in Science

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This editorial responds to Mason et al.'s (1995) "Culturally Sanctioned Secrets: Latino Men's Nondisclosure of HIV Infection to Family, Friends, and Lovers." Culture is an evolving dynamic phenomenon shaped by society, psychology, and history. Historically, familism and simpatía have been Hispanic cultural assets. As times change, however, values and behaviors that served a culture for generations may become liabilities unless they evolve to fit the changing world of the culture. In the case of Hispanic gay men, the desire to protect family members is a barrier to disclosure of HIV status. Mason et al.'s study points to areas in which cultural development is needed. Science and culture thus become allies, with science pointing the way to needed directions for adaptive cultural evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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