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Factors Associated with Gay Men’s Sexual Behaviour and Risk on Holiday

Clift, S.; Forrest, S.


S. Clift


Findings are presented from a questionnaire survey of 562 gay men resident in southern England on their sexual behaviour in the context of holidays. Data were gathered during summer 1996 by means of a self-completion questionnaire; 395 men reported at least one holiday undertaken in 1996 and the analysis focuses on the first or only holiday described. Of 391 men giving details of sexual activity, 187 reported sex with a new partner, 113 men reported penetrative sex and 17 reported penetration without consistent use of condoms. Sexual activity on holiday was predicted by: being on holiday alone or with friends, taking condoms, being motivated by 'gay social life and sex' in planning a holiday, higher expectations of sexual activity/risk and a higher number of new partners at home. Penetrative sex was predicted by: more sexual partners on holiday, taking condoms and higher expectations of sexual activity/risk. Unprotected sex was predicted by: not taking condoms, higher expectations of sexual activity/risk and positive HIV status. Survey findings are discussed in relation to previous research, and implications for travel-related HIV prevention initiatives targeting gay men are explored.


Clift, S., & Forrest, S. (1999). Factors Associated with Gay Men’s Sexual Behaviour and Risk on Holiday. AIDS Care, 11(3), 281-295.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 1999
Deposit Date Jun 25, 2009
Journal AIDS Care
Print ISSN 0954-0121
Electronic ISSN 1360-0451
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 281-295