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AIDS message not getting through to young gay men

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:72

Information alone is failing to prevent the AIDS epidemic among young gay men in Amsterdam, according to research showing that 6% of those who have regular contact with the Dutch capital's active gay scene are HIV positive.

Although 12 years of clear and explicit public health information has produced a new generation informed about the risks of HIV transmission,it has not been translated into changes in behaviour.

Of the 400 gay men aged 30 or under who were interviewed, 40% had had anal sex without …

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