HIV optimism does not explain increases in high-risk sexual behaviour among gay men in Scotland.

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Friday 26th March 2004

Elford et al. found that HIV optimism could not explain the increase in high-risk sexual behaviour among gay men in London.

Elford et al. found that HIV optimism could not explain the increase in high-risk sexual behaviour among gay men in London. There was a similar increase in risk among Scottish gay men between 1999 and 2002, and we investigate here whether HIV optimism can explain this.

Our results strongly suggest that HIV optimism cannot explain the recent increase in high-risk sexual behaviour among Scottish gay men; supporting the earlier findings for men in London. Priority should be given to identifying other factors related to increased sexual risk.

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Official Journal of the International AIDS Society