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Revista de Salud Pública

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CARDOZO-CRUZ, Milton  and  RAMIREZ-PEREIRA, Mirliana. The dark rooms and the men who have sex with men: making the invisiblevisible. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.6, pp.886-898. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v17n6.47006.

Objective To design an explanatory model of social representations of men who have sex with men in the dark rooms of the city of Santiago de Chile during the second half of 2012. Methodology: Exploratory and explanatory qualitative research. The theoretical and methodological approach chosen was based on the founded theory. Data collection was conducted using in-depth interviews. Results: During the first phase of the research open coding was carried out. Codes and related categories were identified: conception of the dark room, biosecurity, reasons for entering a dark room, valuation of the dark room, sex practices, sexual orientation and roles and ways of relating. Conclusions: The development of a public health policy that includes social determinants of health is an imperative. Three key points are identified to intervene positively in their health: discrimination and social rejection, the absence or reduction of risk perception against dark rooms and places for sexual encounters and the need for inspection, monitoring and control of such sites.

Keywords : Sexuality; homosexuality; public health; qualitative research.

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