Increase in HIV sexual risk behaviour in gay men in Scotland, 1996-2002: Prevention failure?

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Saturday 1st October 2005

Cross sectional surveys in 1996, 1999, and 2002 were carried out in "gay" bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland. 6508 men-2276 (79% response rate) in 1996, 2498 (78%) in 1999, and 1734 (62%) in 2002.

Cross sectional surveys in 1996, 1999, and 2002 were carried out in "gay" bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland. 6508 men-2276 (79% response rate) in 1996, 2498 (78%) in 1999, and 1734 (62%) in 2002.

High risk sexual behaviour among homosexual men in Scotland increased between 1999 and 2002. Men showed increased confidence of shared antibody status, despite no increase in HIV testing, or evidence of discussion of HIV status. Explanations for this must include consideration of a cultural shift in the perception of HIV and "prevention failure" on the part of governments and health agencies.

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