Category Archives: behavioral research

  1. High HIV risk behavior among men who have sex with men in Kigali, Rwanda: making the case for supportive prevention policy

    AIDS Care. 2011 Apr;23(4):449-55. Chapman J, Koleros A, Delmont Y, Pegurri E, Gahire R, Binagwaho A. Futures Group International, Washington, DC, USA. Abstract Rwanda has responded strongly to HIV/AIDS, but prevention among men who have sex with men (MSM) has not yet been addressed due to a strong cultural resistance to homosexuality, and a lack of data Read More >>

    Africa, behavioral research, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS policy, homosexuality, MSM, Rwanda, stigma
  2. Slate: Why are bisexual women more likely to have tried anal sex?

    via Slate.com, by William Saletan Have you heard the latest report on Americans’ sex habits? The study, Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction, and Sexual Identity in the United States, comes from the National Survey of Family Growth, the country’s most respected periodic sex survey. Media reports about the study have noted what seems to be a resurgence of Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, Bisexual, CDC, lesbians, sexual behavior, women
  3. Case Study: Alcohol Consumption and HIV Risk in Chennai, India

    Alcohol Consumption and HIV Risk A Peer Education Strategy for Bar Patrons via AIDSTAR-ONE, by Reshma Trasi In a busy neighborhood in Chennai, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians jostle for space on the narrow streets. Small shops line the sidewalks, offering everything from bright silk saris to auto parts. From a nondescript storefront comes the sound of Read More >>

    alcohol, behavioral research, HIV/AIDS policy, India, prevention, sex work, sexual behavior
  4. Self-reports of sensitive sexual behavior, a review

    via International Journal of Epidemiology, by Phillips et al. A new study finds unexpected variations in reporting between traditional face-to-face interviews and non-interviewer-administered interview methods. From the abstract: Studies identifying risks and evaluating interventions for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections often rely on self-reported measures of sensitive behaviours. Such self-reports can be subject Read More >>

    behavioral research, research, sexual behavior
  5. Differences in HIV-1 prevalence not linked to sexual behavior, study finds

    via Journal of the International AIDS Society, by Mapingure et al. A new study concludes that higher HIV-1 prevalence among pregnant women in Zimbabwe compared with Tanzania cannot be explained by differences in risky sexual behaviour. From the abstract: Substantial heterogeneity in HIV prevalence has been observed within sub-Saharan Africa. It is not clear which factors can Read More >>

    behavioral research, HIV/AIDS, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
  6. Sphincter Riddles – why do women like anal sex?

    The Riddle of the SphincterWhy do women who have anal sex get more orgasms?via Slate, by William Saletan Last week, I tried to figure out why more women are having anal sex and why it correlates so highly with orgasms. Since 1992, the percentage of women aged 20-24 who say they’ve tried anal sex has doubled to Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, sexual behavior, sexual pleasure, women
  7. MSM and Condom Use: Factors Associated With Not Using A Condom

    From PLoS One, by Larmarange et al. Men who have sex with other men (MSM) are a vulnerable population in Africa that has been insufficiently explored. Given the high rate of bisexuality among MSM (73% in the past year), it is important to understand their risk-taking behaviors regarding both men and women. This socio-behavioral survey was carried Read More >>

    behavioral research, condoms, MSM, risk
  8. Sex survey: American heteros are having a lot of anal sex

    America reveals its sexual secrets Repressed? Hardly. The most comprehensive survey of American sex lives in 20 years reveals what’s really going on in bed via The Guardian, by Jon Henley Excerpt: More surprisingly, perhaps, the reported rate of anal sex has also increased dramatically, effectively doubling since the National Health and Social Life Survey was carried Read More >>

    anal sex, behavioral research, sexual behavior
  9. Elevated HIV Prevalence Despite Lower Rates of Sexual Risk Behaviors

    from AIDS Patient Care and STDs, by Magnus et al. The District of Columbia (DC) has among the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the United States, with 3.2% of the population and 7.1% of black men living with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this study was to examine HIV risk behaviors in a community-based sample of men who have Read More >>

    behavioral research, gay black men, MSM, prevalence, risk, Washington D.C.
  10. Serosorting Is Associated with a Decreased Risk of HIV Seroconversion in the EXPLORE Study Cohort

    via PlosONE Philip SS, Yu X, Donnell D, Vittinghoff E, Buchbinder S (2010) Serosorting Is Associated with a Decreased Risk of HIV Seroconversion in the EXPLORE Study Cohort. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12662. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012662 Abstract Background Seroadaptation strategies such as serosorting and seropositioning originated within communities of men who have sex with men (MSM), but there are limited Read More >>

    behavioral research, HIV transmission, research, serial monogamy, serosorting