How has coming out changed in America?
Coming out as gay and bisexual has changed over the years, but there is also another layer to coming out and that is coming out as HIV-positive. Due to modern advancements in medicine, an HIV-positive status no longer implies a death sentence, so coming out becomes more complex. This week, we spoke to Dr Christian Grov on the studies he has conducted about coming out in America.
Dr. Christian Grov is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Social Science. His research centers on the sexual health of sexual minority individuals, particularly gay and bisexual men. His work has explored substance use, sexual compulsivity, venues where individuals meet sex partners, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). His studies have been funded by both the NIH and CDC. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research and serves on the editorial boards for AIDS and Behavior, Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the International Journal of Sexual Health. He has (co)authored over 100 publications including the book In the Company of Men: Inside the Lives of Male Prostitutes (Praeger). He has served as a member of the NYC Department of Health’s HIV Prevention Planning Group as well as the Board of Directors of HOOK, a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of men who are involved in sex work. Dr. Grov is an affiliated faculty member with the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH). Collectively, his body of work seeks to inform HIV and STI prevention, education and health policy.
Check out Christian’s studies below!
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