The Influence of GaySensitive AIDS Education Interventions on Perception of Risk of HIV Exposure
We don't have to stop loving each other
We don't have to stop loving ourselves
We don't have to sacrifice our passion and our pride
We've just got to be on the safe side1
Little is known about the impact of different kinds of gay-sensitive AIDs education programs on the perceptions of homosexually active men. As discussed in Chapter 12, social psychologists have become interested in the influence of media on people's perception. While Tyler and Cook [ 1984] were concerned with the influence of media, it may be hypothesized that the impact of education interventions could operate in a similar way. If this is so, then education interventions that are impersonal and non-interacting, for example watching a video, would be predicted as acting in the same way as other media, that is, to modify peer-level judgments without modifying personal judgments, whereas interventions that are personal and involving, such as individual counseling, would be predicted to affect personal-level judgments without affecting peerlevel judgments.
In order to study this hypothesis and those in the next chapter, the following interventions were investigated.2