Sigma Research

The role of alcohol in HIV transmission risk behaviour.

Positive Yorkshire Conference, Leeds, 10 June 2010.

Speakers: Adam Bourne

This presentation was based on our Wasted opportunities study of the the ways in which gay and bisexual men use drugs and alcohol to facilitate social and sexual encounters, and to help deal with social or sexual unease. It outlined the possible mechanisms by which alcohol use affects sexual risk perception and risk-taking and emphasised that the relationship between alcohol and sexual risk behaviour is rarely straightforward. The talk explored how and why men use alcohol in the context of their social and sexual lives, what purpose it serves, and what harms it can cause. The talk concluded by considering the appropriateness and accessibly of mainstream alcohol interventions to gay and bisexual men and how new interventions could better meet their needs.

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