Signal Appropriation of Explicit HIV Status Disclosure Fields in Sex-Social Apps used by Gay and Bisexual Men

Warner, Mark, Maestre, Juan F., Gibbs, Jo, Chung, Chia-Fang and Blandford, Ann (2019) Signal Appropriation of Explicit HIV Status Disclosure Fields in Sex-Social Apps used by Gay and Bisexual Men. In: CHI 2019 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, 4-9 May 2019, Glasgow, UK.

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Abstract

HIV status disclosure fields in online sex-social applications ("apps") are designed to help increase awareness, reduce stigma, and promote sexual health. Public disclosure could also help those diagnosed relate to others with similar statuses to feel less isolated. However, in our interview study (n=28) with HIV positive and negative men who have sex with men (MSM), we found some users preferred to keep their status private, especially when disclosure could stigmatise and disadvantage them, or risk revealing their status to someone they knew offline in a different context. How do users manage these tensions between health, stigma, and privacy? We analysed our interview data using signalling theory as a conceptual framework and identify participants developing 'signal appropriation' strategies, helping them manage the disclosure of their HIV status. Additionally, we propose a set of design considerations that explore the use of signals in the design of sensitive disclosure fields.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: signal appropriation, signalling theory, online dating, privacy unraveling, HIV disclosure, stigma, stigmatized populations
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
L600 Anthropology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 10:28
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40832

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