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A novel research approach in sex on premises venues (SOPV): objective measure of sexual behaviour and low level intrusion to patrons
  1. N A Lister,
  2. A Smith,
  3. A Binger,
  4. C K Fairley
  1. The University of Melbourne, School of Population Health, 2nd Floor, 723 Swanston Street, Carlton 3053, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Christopher K Fairley,

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Sex on premises venues (SOPV) are commercial venues where men who have sex with men (MSM) meet other MSM for casual, usually anonymous, sex. These venues are challenging environments for traditional methods of behavioural research—for example, interviews. An alternative research method adapted from a study with sex workers in Nicaragua may be used in SOPVs.1,2 This study counted the number of used condoms per client as a measure of “safe” sexual behaviour. A pilot study in two parts was conducted at a Melbourne SOPV to determine the feasibility of this approach. The merit of this method was dependent on the consistency of the ratio of used …

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