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AWARENESS OF SEXUAL PARTNERS HIV STATUS AS AN INFLUENCE UPON HIGH-RISK SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR AMONG GAY MEN

DAWSON, JM; FITZPATRICK, RM; REEVES, G; BOULTON, M; MCLEAN, J; HART, GJ; BROOKES, M; (1994) AWARENESS OF SEXUAL PARTNERS HIV STATUS AS AN INFLUENCE UPON HIGH-RISK SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR AMONG GAY MEN. AIDS , 8 (6) 837 - 841.

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the extent to which 'high-risk' sexual behaviour is influenced by awareness of partners' HIV status among gay men.Design: Structured interviews and collection of saliva samples for anonymous linked testing for HIV-1 antibodies.Setting: Genitourinary medicine clinics and the gay community.Subjects: Men (n=677) who reported sexual contact with another man in the last 5 years.Results: The majority of respondents (63%) had had an HIV-antibody test. Analysis of data showed that in 15% of the respondents' 1380 partnerships, HIV status was known by both parties. However, the majority of partnerships involved only safe sex. Only 26% of the partnerships in which unprotected penetrative anal sex had occurred involved mutual knowledge of HIV status and was most likely to occur with regular rather than non-regular/casual partners. Logistic regression revealed that this latter association could not be explained in terms of mutual HIV status knowledge.Conclusions: Despite widespread HIV testing, the majority of gay men engaging in high-risk sex are unaware of their partner's HIV status.

Type:Article
Title:AWARENESS OF SEXUAL PARTNERS HIV STATUS AS AN INFLUENCE UPON HIGH-RISK SEXUAL-BEHAVIOR AMONG GAY MEN
Keywords:GAY MEN, SEXUAL BEHAVIOR, HIV STATUS, HOMOSEXUAL MEN, BISEXUAL MEN, SAFER SEX, INFECTION, COHORT, MAINTENANCE, ENGLAND, RELAPSE, WALES
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute for Global Health

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