Sexual Interactions and HIV Risk: New Conceptual Perspectives in European Research

Sexual Interactions and HIV Risk: New Conceptual Perspectives in European Research

Sexual Interactions and HIV Risk: New Conceptual Perspectives in European Research

Sexual Interactions and HIV Risk: New Conceptual Perspectives in European Research

Synopsis

How sexual risk is negotiated betwen partners is an area of considerable theoretical interest, with the dominant models of analysis focusing on individual decisions to engage in sexual behaviour and relying on "rational" decision-making. This work, based on the findings from work coordinated by the Centre d'Etudes Sociologiques in Brussels, offers a social critique of the theories and perspectives which have currently been brought to bear in the study of sexual risk behaviour and HIV. Leading European researchers offer a conceptual framework for analysis based on sexual interactions and their social context. The practical relevance of new perspectives on sexual behaviour in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention is also discussed.
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