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Chapter 8

Diaries and Sexual Behaviour: The Use of Sexual Diaries as Method and Substance in Researching Gay Men’s Response to HIV/AIDS

Anthony P.M. Coxon

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is transmitted primarily in sexual activity; hence detailed information is needed about the sexual context in which that transmission occurs if accurate epidemiological estimates are to be made and the spread of the pandemic to be understood and contained. How such information may be obtained, and how its reliability and validity may be assessed form the basis of the research reported in this chapter. Very little can be taken for granted in such research and the methodological problems are considerable. From the outset we know that sexual behaviour such ...

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