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By Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies, Graham Hart

This booklet emphasises well known responses to the epidemic, neighborhood and nationwide interventions and problems with care.

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Broad parameters. ’ Here genital contact is not specified, but the encounter must be erotic, which begs the further question of what is considered erotic. ’ Nothing overtly sexual is mentioned here, but the context of the ‘cuddle’ is important. Orgasm is explicitly referred to as 48 ANDREW HUNT AND PETER DAVIES inconsequential. 4 per cent (sixty-nine) of respondents. In common with almost all of the responses, this excludes sex over the telephone (an increasingly popular safer sex alternative) and any mutual self-masturbation which takes place.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that, when these locations exist within a gay centre, they are likely in time to reflect the safer sex norms of that wider gay community. However, in similar locations in more rural settings, unsafe sex is likely to continue at a higher level. Stimulants, such as drugs and alcohol, are another factor in this framework, acting as aphrodisiacs or reducing social barriers to sexual encounters. , 1987). Yet as the social norm changes to safer sex, alcohol and drugs may have different effects.

These responses are examples of the view that ‘real’ and ‘full’ sex are the same thing as anal (or vaginal) intercourse and anything short of these is not to be considered ‘proper’ sex. In contrast, some responses were much less precisely defined: ‘Kissing. Broad parameters. ’ Here genital contact is not specified, but the encounter must be erotic, which begs the further question of what is considered erotic. ’ Nothing overtly sexual is mentioned here, but the context of the ‘cuddle’ is important.

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