Title

The Polls - A Rejoinder: Intent and Purpose of The Kinsey Institute/Roper Organization National Sex Knowledge Survey

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1991

Publication Source

Public Opinion Quarterly

Volume

55

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

458-462

DOI

10.1086/269274

Abstract

To create the behavior-change programs es- sential for limiting the acquired immune deficiency syn- drome (AIDS) epidemic, we must obtain a precise un- derstanding of the sexual behavior, knowledge, and atti- tudes of our nation's various ethnic, racial, social age, regional, and sexual orientation groups. Such information is necessary for developing the precisely targeted educa- tional programs that currently are our most effective means of reducing risk behaviors and halting the spread of the disease in the United States. These behavioral data are also crucial to biomedical investigations, making pos- sible the identification of appropriate subjects for programs ranging from the testing of vaccines to the evaluation of the threat to pregnant women and their offspring. In this article, we summarize data on sexual behaviors associated with the transmission of the AIDS virus (i.e., human im- munodeficiency virus [HIV]) and discuss selected issues relevant to the conduct of research on human sexuality

Disciplines

Psychology