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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Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex in Homosexually Active Men

I plan to stay with the person I'm with for years and years. I think to be gay is to be blessed. We have so much freedom, so many choices. This isn't our moment to party or think we're going to stay young forever. maybe it's our time to find someone to be safe with. to be happy with.1

The previous chapters have described various psychosocial and demographic features of the NZ sample, with selected comparison with the SA sample. Before examining the concomitants of safer sex and unsafe sex, it is thus appropriate to examine the proportion of safer sex in the samples and how the components of safer sex -- namely, avoidance of anal intercourse, consistent condom usage, and monogamy are interrelated.

Many studies worldwide have investigated and reported rates of safer sex in homosexually active men. Because most of these have been cross-sectional studies, comparatively few have been able to investigate the stability of safer sex over time.2 This chapter shall investigate the stability of safer sex over time in the NZ sample.3

In the first part of this chapter, sexual behavior is examined in terms of safer sex and unsafe sex.4 Theoretically, safer sex and unsafe sex are artificial distinctions created to distinguish those behaviors at high risk of transmitting primarily HIV (although the term can be equally validly applied to other STDs) from those behaviors at low risk of transmitting HIV. As no attempt has been made previously to investigate how the sexual behaviors of homosexually

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