1st Edition

Sex at Risk
Lifetime Number of Partners, Frequency of Intercourse and the Low AIDS Risk of Vaginal Intercourse

Edited By

Stuart Brody




ISBN 9781138514485
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Politicians, interest groups, and the mass media often answer questions about how AIDS is sexually transmitted as if heterosexual vaginal intercourse is a high-risk activity. When it comes to understanding how AIDS is transmitted, and formulating effective policy to deal with the spread of AIDS, America remains confused. What. Brody calls ideological knowledge about AIDS is fat more likely to filter through society than scientific knowledge.Sex at Risk Is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature dealing with. the transmission of AIDS. Like Michael Fumento's The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, it exposes the mythology surrounding vaginal intercourse and AIDS transmission, Brody also looks deeply at reasons that fear of AIDS transmission from vaginal intercourse has spread so widely and profoundly, He addresses serious methodological problems in AIDS/HIV behavioral research, as well as tendentious political correctness that has done a disservice to science.Sex at Risk also comprehensively reviews the international research literature on correlates of lifetime number of sexual partners and frequency of sexual intercourse. Among topics covered are: relationships between lifetime number of sexual partners and mental health, explanations for important differences between intercourse and masturbation, the possible association of frequency with healthy functioning, and correlations between frequency and national development.Brody concludes by discussing what AIDS reveals about how politically correct thought impedes scientific progress, when taboo themes, regardless of their validity, cannot be pursued, Sex at Risk is factually grounded, yet controversial; . Brody raises critical questions about much of what we have learned about AIDS from popular and professional publications, "soft scientists," and public health campaigns. It will be of interest to medical doctors, clinicians, and those interested in the sociology and psychology of knowledge,

Table of Contents

Part 1: Lifetime Number of Sexual Partners 1. Overview and Sample Values 2. Methodological Issues 3. Biological Factors, Animal Research, and "Sex Differences" 4. Social and Cultural Factors 5. Behavioral Factors, Psychiatric Diagnosis, Pregnancy, and Sexual Practices 6. Conclusions and Recommendations Part 2: Frequency of Sexual Intercourse 7. Overview 8. Methodological Issues 9. Biological Factors 10. Social and Cultural Factors and National Differences 11. Behavioral Factors, Psychiatric Diagnosis, Pregnancy, and Sexual Practices 12. Conclusions and Methodological Recommendations Part 3: The Low AIDS Risk of Vaginal Intercourse 13. Epidemiology, Excess Mortality, and the Decreasing Incidence of AIDS 14. Heterosexual Anal Intercourse 15. Lying about Sexual and Drug Use History 16. Memory Problems 17. Lifetime Number of Sexual Partners, Frequency of Sexual Intercourse, Hygiene, Race, and AiDS 18. Africa and Other Third World Regions 19. Animal Models, Artificial Insemination, and Human HIV Subtypes 20. The Dubious Value of Condoms 21. Relative Risk and Relative Utility 22. Political Correctness versus Science 23. Conclusions

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Stuart Brody