Stefano Licchelli

PhD Student and Trainee Health Psychologist


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Stefano Licchelli, Andrew King, Kimberley Jane Smith (2023)“It’s still in the test tube and finding out how the experiment ends… ”. A qualitative study on health and ageing in older gay males living with HIV in England., In: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care22 SAGE Publications

This paper highlights experiences and perceptions of older gay males living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in relation to age, sexual orientation, HIV status and how they perceive health. Participants were gay males aged 50 and over living in England, diagnosed with HIV for longer than 2 years. In total, 19 interviews were conducted between March 2020 and March 2021. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Three major themes were generated: 1.) Health as holistic and as a balance; 2.) The impact of HIV on people’s lives; 3.) The Intersectionality of stigma: a lifetime of discrimination. Participants highlighted the changing nature of the concept of health through their lifespan while the intersectionality of stigma in different contexts is examined considering the personal journey of living with HIV. The implications of health as a complex concept and intersectional stigma on the planning and delivering of care in this population are discussed