Research Purpose, Background, and Methods
|1.||to describe the psychological, sexual, and demographic aspects of homosexual behavior in two Australasian cities of low HIV prevalence;|
|2.||to investigate psychosocial and psychosexual factors that distinguish homosexually active males who practice exclusively safer sex from those who do not; and|
|3.||to assess the efficacy of various AIDS education interventions on sexual behavior and perception of risk of HIV.|
Little has been published on homosexual behavior in Australasia or in areas of low HIV prevalence. The first aim is important for three reasons. First, an adequate description of key variables is needed to assist in the achievement of the second and third aims of the study. Second, as the protostudy, it provides baseline data against which future studies can assess changes in sexual behavior. Third, by investigating the experience of homosexually active men in NZ, key factors affecting how AIDS education will be received can be identified.
While many studies worldwide have been published investigating sexual behavior in homosexual men, few have investigated, in