Sex role separation in sexual diaries of homosexual men

Coxon, APM; Coxon, NH; Weatherburn, P; Hunt, AJ; Hickson, FC; Davies, PM; McManus, TJ; (1993) Sex role separation in sexual diaries of homosexual men. AIDS (London, England), 7 (6). pp. 877-882. ISSN 0269-9370 DOI:

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Objective: To measure types of sex role prevalence in common and risk-related behaviours among gay men for modelling HIV transmission. Design: Cohort study of 385 homosexually active men recording sexual diaries over 1-month periods. Methods: Measures of incidence of behavioural sex roles for masturbation, fellatio, anal intercourse and anilingus by relationship type, derived from 1-month sexual diary data. Results: Low behavioural role rigidity for masturbation and fellatio, but higher rigidity for anal intercourse and anilingus. Participants with no regular partner showed a relatively low frequency of anal intercourse, whereas those in closed relationships showed a high frequency. Conclusion: Although anal intercourse shows a certain degree of behavioural role rigidity, this rigidity is not large enough to conclude that gay men exclusively engage in either an active or a passive role. Typical rates for exclusive active and passive roles for anal intercourse during the month the diaries were recorded were in the range of 12-15%; the dual role was significantly higher. Keywords: Homosexual behaviour, HIV transmission, modelling, behavioural role separation, sexual diaries.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Sigma Research
PubMed ID: 8363763


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