Comparison of sexual behaviors between male homosexuals and male heterosexuals in Taiwan.

S. T. Hsu, N. Y. Ko, K. L. Hsueh, M. L. Yeh, J. K. Wen

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BACKGROUND: Homosexuality and sexual behavior have attracted great attention in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. This study primarily explores the risky behaviors and patterns of sexual behavior of male homosexuals in Taiwan. METHODS: Comparison study methodology was adopted. Ninety-two male homosexuals, as the study group, were recruited from gay bars and gay organizations, and 91 male heterosexuals, with similar ages and educational levels, were recruited as a control group for comparison. Semi-structured interviews were carried out and anonymous questionnaires were self-administered. RESULTS: (1) The mean age at the time of first sexual intercourse of the study group was younger than that of the control group. (2) The rate of having two or more sexual partners in the study group was significantly higher. (3) However, the rate of condom use during recent intercourse was higher in the control group than in the study group. (4) Sexual knowledge and attitudes toward sexuality in the study group were more open, but their sexual desires, as rated by the questionnaire, were more suppressed than those of the control group. (5) In terms of courtship, the study group was less constrained by the social values of marriage and tended to separate sex from love. CONCLUSION: Similar to western studies, our study found that the study group in Taiwan adopted more risky sexual behaviors. Each group had its particular sexual behavioral pattern and subculture of sexuality. However, a longitudinal follow-up study with ethnographic perspective is necessary for a more sophisticated understanding of the trends and changes of sexual behavior in homosexuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-276
Number of pages10
JournalChang Gung medical journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May

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