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

Mark Warner, Juan F. Maestre, Jo Gibbs, Chia-Fang Chung, Ann Blandford

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19
Subtitle of host publicationMay 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781450359702
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019: CHI’19 Workshop: HCI in China: Research Agenda, Education Curriculum, Industry Partnership, and Communities Building - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
https://chi2019.acm.org/
http://chi2019.acm.org

Conference

ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
Abbreviated titleCHI 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19
Internet address

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