Kippax, S., Crawford, J., Rodden, P. and Noble, J.
Predictors of unprotected male-to-male anal intercourse with casual partners in a national sample.
Australian Journal of Public Health, 19, (2), .
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The focus of the paper is the predictors of unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners among a national Australian sample of homosexually active men. We interviewed by telephone 2583 homosexually active men (sex with a man within the last five years) about their sexual practice, type of sexual partners, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test status, attachment to the gay community, knowledge of HIV and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and a range of demographic variables. Logistic regression analyses were used to distinguish men who practised unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners from those who practised safe sex with casual partners. Men who practised unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners were less likely to have a regular male sexual partner than men who practised safe sex with their casual partners. They were less likely to be tertiary educated, more likely to be employed in trade and manual occupations and to live in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. They were less likely to be culturally or politically attached to the gay community. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS also distinguished the men: men with an accurate knowledge of HIV transmission were less likely to engage in unprotected anal intercourse with their casual partners. Several other variables, including age and HIV test status, did not distinguish those who practised safe sex with casual partners from those who practised unprotected anal intercourse with casual partners.
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