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Increase in high risk sexual behaviour among homosexual men, London 1996-8: cross sectional, questionnaire study

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1510

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  1. Julie P Dodds, research fellow (,
  2. Anthony Nardone, senior research fellow,
  3. Danielle E Mercey, senior lecturer,
  4. Anne M Johnson, professor, epidemiology group
  1. Department of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London WC1E 6AU
  1. Correspondence to: J P Dodds
  • Accepted 22 February 2000

Editorial by Grulich

The incidence of HIV infection among homosexual men in the United Kingdom is increasing despite efforts to reduce high risk sexual behaviour.1 The likelihood of engaging in high risk sexual behaviour may be increasing as new treatments reduce concern about infection.2 We report the results of a repeated survey of sexual behaviour among gay men in London.

Methods and results

A survey was conducted in 1996, 1997, and 1998 using the same methodology each year.3 A sampling frame was compiled of all commercial gay venues (bars, clubs, and saunas) and genitourinary medicine clinics within inner London. A sample of venue types and locations was then selected. Between 59 and 72 venues were sampled each year. Whenever possible the same venues were selected each year; if venues had closed they were replaced in the sample by similar ones. Health promotion workers distributed questionnaires with 16 items that covered demographic information and sexual behaviour. All …

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