First and foremost, I wish to acknowledge, with deep gratitude, the assistance of Dr. Michael W. Ross, whose keen supervision of the thesis upon which this book was based, encouragement, unfailing availability, professionalism, and guidance was that of a true mentor and friend.
Assistance with funding and resources for this study were provided by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation; the AIDS/STD Services of the South Australian Health Commission; the AIDS Council of South Australia; The Flinders University of South Australia, Medical School; and the University of Auckland, Department of Psychology; and a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship was made available by the Australian Federal Government. The ready response and help from the New Zealand television, radio, and newspaper media in advertising the study is warmly acknowledged, as is the assistance given in advertising by OUT, Pink Triangle, Catch 22, and the managers of gay venues in Auckland.
Individuals I would particularly like to acknowledge include the following: Anthony Papps, Mary-Lyn Haymes, Renato Simionato and Alison Turner, Frs. Maurice Shinnick and James Cuneen, Bruce Holroyd, James Falk, John Bayliss, the staff counselor, and volunteers of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, and Jenny Frantz. As well as for pioneering much of the research in my field, my thanks go to Associate Professor Eli Coleman for graciously consenting to write the foreword. To my family, in particular to my