Fabio Serrato Radigonda

Thesis title:

HIV prevention among migrants: Experiences of Brazilian gay men in Lisbon with PrEP


Context: New HIV diagnoses in Portugal have decreased in recent year. However, gays and men who have sex with men (GMSM) remain disproportionately affected, particularly among those under the age of 30 years. Among men born abroad, individuals from Latin America represent the highest number of HIV cases in Portugal. In the last decade, a new technology for HIV prevention called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) was approved. PrEP prevents individuals from contracting HIV when they take a pill daily or adhere to an on-demand scheme around the time of sex. The drug was implemented in Portugal in 2018, and the World Health Organization recommends that PrEP should be offered to those most vulnerable to HIV. Despite Brazilians forming the largest community of international migrants in Portugal since 2007, research so far has neglected the experiences of this migrant community concerning PrEP access, HIV prevention and sexual health in Portugal.

Aim: The overall aim of this research is to explore access and adherence to PrEP among Brazilian GMSM migrants in Lisbon, considering the forms of structural violence they face and kinds of agency they employ.

The main objectives are: To analyse potential inequalities that might prevent GMSM migrants from accessing sexual healthcare and HIV services. To explore how GMSM migrants negotiate their access to sexual healthcare and PrEP.

Methodology: I will employ ethnographic methods, including participant observation, interviews and creative writing workshop.

First supervisor:

Claire Herrick


3-Health, Biopolitics & Social Inequality




Serrato, R.F; Soliz, A.M, 2014. A expectativa dos imigrantes bolivianos na cidade de São Paulo: reflexões sobre comunicação intercultural (The expectations of the Bolivian immigrants in the city of São Paulo: reflections on intercultural communication). Revista Brasileira de Comunicação Organizacional e Relações Públicas, v. 11 n. 21 (2014), 66-76 https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2238-2593.organicom.2014.139240

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