Comparison of Homosexual Behavior and Society in New Zealand and South Australia
After all, out of a 168-hour week, you might have sex for about two or three hours. And it's these three hours that forms the basis of how a whole world looks at you and judges you.1
As mentioned in Chapter 2, the focus of this study is primarily on the NZ sample, with the SA sample best regarded as an independent comparison group. This comparison is made to determine what aspects of homosexuality appear stable across countries (and are therefore likely to be stable features of homosexuality) from those aspects that may be particular either to Auckland homosexuality active men or to the sample.
In order to validly compare the two samples, it is important to consider first the demographic, behavioral, and social characteristics of both samples. Also of interest to the study are variables concerning AIDS awareness and the popularity of HIV testing and counseling. Where these differ, it may indicate either a difference in sampling (that is, an artifact of the study), a genuine difference between the two countries, or a combination of both.
Except for the current study, with one exception,2 no research exists comparing the effects of AIDS education between these two countries (or at least between the states of SA and NZ). Of relevance to the current study is that both places report a similar linear trend in HIV detection, although the NZ data are consistently higher.