Sexual behavior of homosexual and bisexual men attending an HIV testing clinic in Jerusalem 1986/7 - 1990

S. Maayan, V. Soskolne, D. Engelhard, A. Moses, G. Rahav, D. Raveh, D. Newman, M. Weinberger

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Abstract

We investigated whether the sexual practices of homosexual and bisexual men attending the Jerusalem AIDS Clinic had changed between 1986/7 and 1990. The responses of a group of 79 homosexual and bisexual men to a questionnaire in 1986/7 were compared to the responses of a group of 37 homosexuals/bisexuals in 1990. Consistent yet statistically insignificant differences in sexual behavior between the 1990 and 1986/7 groups were observed: More individuals were using condoms (53% vs 36% respectively), and at an earlier age. The practice of anal sex was less common (48% vs 67% respectively) and that of oral sex more common (46% vs 27% respectively). These differences were not confounded by the level of education between the two groups. Analyzed separately for homosexuals and bisexuals, the increase in condom use was more noticeable among homosexuals compared with bisexuals, while the decrease in anal sex was greater in bisexuals compared with homosexuals. These results may indicate a trend towards safer sexual behavior in this at risk population, but further studies are needed to support or refute these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-154
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Volume30
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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