LONDON, June 28, 2001 ( – Reporting on a study in the June 16 issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Culture and Family Report (CFR), notes that the BMJ study found that “safe-sex” counseling for homosexual men actually backfires and leads to more “unsafe” sex.

The study which took place at a sexual health clinic in London observed 343 gay men with an acute sexually transmitted infection or who reported having had unprotected (condomless) anal intercourse in the past year, looking at the number of new sexually transmitted infections diagnosed during a 12-month follow up. CFR reports that those that had participated in a day-long workshop on “safe-sex” were found to have a 10-percent higher rate of new STDs at follow-up. “Thirty-one percent of “gay” men who attended an intensive one-day seminar on safer-sex had contracted at least one STD within the following 12 months, as compared with 21 percent of those who attended a 20-minute seminar.”“Even carefully formulated behavioral interventions should not be assumed to bring benefit,” said John Imrie, senior research fellow and study author. “The potential for behavioral interventions to do more harm than good needs to be taken seriously.”

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