Bisexualities and AIDS: International Perspectives (Social by Peter Aggleton

By Peter Aggleton

Because the early days of the epidemic, there was a lot curiosity within the position that bisexual behaviour between males may well play in HIV transmission. this article stories from a world viewpoint what has been realized approximately male bisexuality in nations as different as Peru and Britain. Its authors learn the varieties that bisexuality takes in several cultures, what it capability to the lads involved, and even if such behaviour poses certain dangers. the results of such enquiry for HIV prevention efforts also are tested.

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Dowsett (1994) writes of them as ‘homosexually active’, although this too is problematic when he writes of ‘gay and other homosexually active men’ since we would then need to refer to them as ‘homosexually and heterosexually active’. Since this book is about ‘bisexualities’, we shall use the term ‘bisexually active’ for the sake of brevity, whilst acknowledging the problematic status of the term, particularly as it tends to gloss over the fact that sexual practices are either homosexual or heterosexual and are not (except in some rare instances) bisexual.

And SOSKOLNE, C. (1988) ‘Risk Factors for HIV Infection in Male Sexual Contacts of Men with AIDS or an AIDS-Related Condition’, American Journal of Epidemiology, 128, 4, pp. 729–39. GLOBE AND MAIL (1993a) Toronto, Ontario, 5 July. GLOBE AND MAIL (1993b) Toronto, Ontario, 3 September. , MORRISON, K. and BRADET, R. (1993) Entre hommes 91– 92: Les comportements sexuelles et l’environment social des hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes, Québec, COCQ sida. GRAYDON, M. (1994) ‘Divided Loyalties—Reaching Straight Men who Have Sex with Men: Safer Sex Outreach to Heterosexually Identified Men who Have Sex with Men’, paper at 8th Annual British Columbia HIV/AIDS Conference, November.

Since the beginning of the epidemic there have been 819 such diagnoses, 499 men and 320 women. So far there is no evidence that HIV infection through heterosexual transmission is increasing (National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, 1995). As Dowsett (1994, p. e. gay men. It is most probable that a combination of these two is closest to the mark. This chapter interrogates Australian research on bisexually active men from this perspective. First, it assesses what is known about such men when compared with exclusively homosexual men.

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