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Monitoring sexual behaviour in general populations: a syntehsis of lessons of the past decade


J Cleland, J T Boerma, M Carael, S S Weir

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Sexually Transmitted Infections Journal

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This supplement contains selected papers from a workshop
on the measurement of sexual behaviour in the era of HIV/
AIDS held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine in September 2003. The focus was on low and
middle income countries, where the majority of HIV
infections occur. The motive for holding such a meeting is
easy to discern. As the AIDS pandemic continues to spread
and as prevention programmes are scaling up, the need to
monitor trends in sexual risk behaviours becomes ever
more pressing. Behavioural data are an essential
complement to biological evidence of changes in HIV
prevalence or incidence. Biological evidence, though
indispensable, is by itself insufficient for policy and
programme guidance. AIDS control programmes need to
be based on monitoring of not only trends in infections but
also of trends in those behaviours that underlie epidemic
curtailment or further spread.
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