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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Overview

Since the AIDS epidemic was recognized, information on safer sex has been assumed to be the most crucial means of preventing further spread of the disease. But how well has AIDS education worked? What kinds of education work best and for whom? This study is the first to provide an in-depth analysis of the results of AIDS education programs and to explore the psychosocial factors that affect behavioral responses to education.

B. R. Simon Rosser provides a detailed profile of a specific population at risk, including factors such as sexual behavior, psychology, religious affiliation, legal status, and discrimination. Using comparative measures of behavior, personality, social status, attitudes, and risk-taking, he identifies important differences between homosexual men who engage in safer sex and those who do not. Finally, he evaluates the impact of different approaches to AIDS education. Examining both positive and negative effects, Rosser shows that the spread of the HIV virus was actually accelerated by a national education campaign utilizing fear, and contrasts this result with four international gay-sensitive education campaigns that produced positive changes in behavior and lifestyle. He discusses ways in which AIDS education must develop in order to become more effective, together with crucial changes that are needed in both the gay population and the larger community if HIV transmission is to be halted. This study is a valuable resource for education and research in AIDS prevention, sexual behavior, psychovenereology, education, health, and related disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275938093
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1991
  • Pages: 266
  • Lexile: 1800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

B. R. SIMON ROSSER is a Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow, Program in Human Sexuality, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine, at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Research Purpose, Background, and Methods

Homosexuality in New Zealand and South Australia

Male Homosexual Behavior in New Zealand

Comparison of Homosexual Behavior and Society in New Zealand and South Australia

Personality, Emotional, and Mental Health Differences Between Homosexual and Heterosexual Men

Violence, Discrimination and the Law

Religious Characteristics of New Zealand Homosexually Active Men

Factors Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex in Homosexually Active Men

Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex in Homosexually Active Men

Demographic, Behavioral Social, and Counseling Factors Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex

Condom Usage and Attitudes Toward Condoms Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex

Personality, Emotional, and Mental Health Factors Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex

Risk-Taking Strategies in Life Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex

Perceptions of Risk Associated with Safer Sex and Unsafe Sex

The Effects of AIDS Education on Male Homosexual Behavior

Fighting Back: Introduction to AIDS Education

The Influence of Gay-Sensitive AIDS Education on Perception of Risk for HIV Exposure

The Effects of Gay-Sensitive AIDS Education on the Behavior of Homosexually Active Men

The Effects of a National Fear Campaign About AIDS on the Behavior of Homosexually Active Men

Major Conclusions and Implications of the Study

Major Conclusions of the Study

To the Future: Gay Life in the Twenty-First Century

References

Index

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