Assessing needs and capabilities: Towards an ICT resource to support HIV-positive gay men and other MSM in Southeast Asia

Citation:

Hanckel, B., Garcia, L., Santos, G. - M., & Manalastas, E. J. (2015). Assessing needs and capabilities: Towards an ICT resource to support HIV-positive gay men and other MSM in Southeast Asia. In Transforming HIV Prevention & Care for Marginalised Populations: Using Information and Communication Technologies in Community-Based and Led Approaches (pp. 231-245). Digital Culture & Education. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/h2okdje

Abstract:

In this chapter, Benjamin Hanckel, Laurindo Garcia, Glenn-Milo Santos and Eric Julian Manalastas present work that confronts the sexual stigma, HIV-related stigma and isolation HIV-positive gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) experience when accessing information related to HIV. Their study presents the human face of HIV by exploring the technology use of HIV-positive MSM. Their research was part of a formative assessment undertaken at the initial stage of the development an information and communications technology (ICT) resource and peer- support web-app for HIV-positive MSM in Southeast Asia. Hanckel, et al.’s work tentatively illustrate how the capability deprivations experienced by HIV-positive men can be overcome by mobilising Amartya Sen’s capability approach to developing an ICT resource that addresses the deprivations and information deficiencies of HIV- positive MSM by enhancing peer support and increasing access to HIV-related information and resources.

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