[Changes in sex behavior caused by fear of AIDS--an empirical study of male heterosexual and homosexual students]

Offentl Gesundheitswes. 1990 Jul;52(7):323-9.
[Article in German]


This study examines changes in sexual behaviour in the context of the fear of being infected with the HI-Virus and, in particular, considers the influence of a relationship and of sexual orientation. The population studied included 72 homosexual and 54 heterosexual male students.

Results: (1) Only 7% of the heterosexuals, but 68% of the homosexuals report changes in their sexual behaviour pattern. (2) Among the homosexual group practice-oriented alterations (avoiding oral and anal sex or using condoms for these practices) and relationship-oriented alterations (reducing the number of sex partners) occur likewise. (3) Practice-oriented changes are less frequent among homosexuals with partners than those without. (4) Those homosexuals questioned who are in conflict with their homosexuality have less confidence in potential sex partners. They are more inclined to have "monogamous" relationships.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Fear*
  • Germany, West
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual Partners
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires