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HIV-positive gay men: sexual dysfunctions.


Int Conf AIDS. 1989 Jun 4-9;5:701 (abstract no. T.D.O.22). Unique

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate HIV positive men for sexual functioning expected to be impaired because of the emotional, systemic, and/or neurological effects of HIV disease. METHODS: 120 HIV-positive gay men with no or few symptoms and 80 HIV-negative gay men (all mostly white, middle class, age range 19-59 years) underwent a detailed semi-structured interview, the Sexual Risk Behavior Assessment Schedule (SERBAS-A-HOM-1, Meyer-Bahlburg et al., 1988). RESULTS: Preliminary analyses show high interindividual variability in frequency and practices of sexual behavior. Two-fifths of the men reported diminished sexual satisfaction, more than half some degree of negative feelings during sex, and about one-sixth some degree of sexual aversion. As to classical sexual dysfunctions as listed in DSM-III-R, about one-fifth of the men reported the presence of hypoactive sexual desire, two-fifths some degree of erectile failure, one-half some degree of retarded orgasm, one-fifth some degree of premature orgasm, and one-quarter other sexual dysfunctions. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of sexual dysfunctions among HIV-positive gay men with no or few symptoms of HIV disease appears to be relatively high.

Adult *Homosexuality Human HIV Seropositivity/*COMPLICATIONS/PHYSIOPATHOLOGY Male Middle Age Psychosexual Dysfunctions/*COMPLICATIONS Risk Factors *Sex Behavior Sex Disorders/*COMPLICATIONS Whites ABSTRACT


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