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August 21, 2008

SFAF.org Podcast #38 - Multiple partners and multiple risks: exploring sexual concurrency

In this episode, Professor Gary Dowsett, deputy director at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, talks about concurrency, a term used to describe sexual relationships with multiple partners, in HIV prevention. Research shows that this practice is a factor in many new HIV infections, but effective interventions may include embracing-not rejecting-some of the structures that surround cultures with multiple sexual partnerships including gay men.

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Professor Gary Dowsett, PhD, is a part of the Gender, Sexuality, and HIV Research Network recently launched by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the International Center for Research on Women, with support from the International AIDS Society and the Ford Foundation.  One of the goals of this network is to identify gaps and priorities in HIV research, such as that on concurrency, and then to be able to develop effective program and policy responses appropriate to different communities and settings. Professor Dowsett is also an associate professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Columbia University in New York, where he taught in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and working with the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. A sociologist by trade, he has long been interested in sexuality research, particularly in relation to the rise of modern gay communities. Since 1986, he has been researching the HIV epidemic particularly in Australia's gay communities and has worked on many international HIV/AIDS and sexual health projects since the late 1980s.

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