Male Homosexual Behavior and the Effects of AIDS Education: A Study of Behavior and Safer Sex in New Zealand and South Australia

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We live in amazing times. This book is about one aspect of those times, one aspect of our culture. It has three aims: (1) to document homosexual behavior and life in the age of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); (2) to empirically investigate the psychology of safer sex; and (3) to evaluate the effects of AIDS education on sexual behavior. The book has been written to provide educationalists, researchers and other experts in the fields of AIDS prevention, sexuality, sexual behavior, psychology, psychovenereology, education, and more generally, health and its related disciplines with the findings from an extensive research study conducted in New Zealand and South Australia.1

I have also attempted to modify the text of this book so it can be read by the general public, and in particular, gay men, wishing to know more about men who have sex with other men.2 The body of each chapter is introduced by a review of the research applicable to that chapter, followed by a presentation of what the study found and a summary of the major conclusions. For ease of reading, references, statistical material, and points regarding research, which may be of interest to fellow researchers and psychovenereologists but of limited interest beyond this group, as well as parenthetical comments and notes, have been appended in note form at the end of each chapter, rather than included within the text itself.3

The book is divided into four parts.4 Part I explores what the lifestyle of homosexually active men5 in New Zealand ( NZ) and South Australia (SA) is like, and Part II investigates what aspects of this

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