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From the start of the Aids epidemic in the UK, this project has monitored and tracked the sexual behaviour and changes which gay and bisexual men in England and Wales have made in their lifestyles in response to the growth of the HIV infection. The Diaries Project asked gay and bisexual men to keep sexual diaries, filled in on a daily basis usually over a period of a maximum of one month, giving detailed information about the content and sequence of their sexual activity, about their partners' characteristics and about the context in which the sexual behaviour occurred.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Aids; England; health; homosexuals; homosexuality; sexual behaviour; sexual partnerships; sexually transmitted diseases.

AIDS, England, health, homosexuals, homosexuality, sexual behaviour, sexual partnerships, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

England, Wales, AIDS (disease), health, homosexuality, partnerships (personal), sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted diseases
Identifier Variables
Area of Health System
Public health
Disease Area
Data collecting organization (s)
University of Essex
King's College Hospital
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Unit of Analysis

Gay and bisexual men. Sample size 774

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Coxon APM, et al. Sex role separation in sexual diaries of homosexual men. AIDS 1993; 7(6): 877-882