HIV Counselor PERSPECTIVES________

Volume 4, Number 1, January 1994
Written and Produced by the University of California San Francisco AIDS Health Project for the California Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS

Compulsive Sex & HIV

Traditional HIV prevention messages related to risks of infection are often ineffective for people who are sexually compulsive. This is because people who are sexually compulsive, regardless of awareness of risks, feel they have no choice or power over their sexual behaviors. People who compulsively engage in sex often have negative images of themselves, and the compulsive nature of their sexual behavior furthers these images (1).

This issue of PERSPECTIVES examines compulsive sex and its relationship to HIV infection risks. It reports on characteristics of sexual compulsion, as well as its prevalence, origins, and treatment. The Implications for Counseling section explores how counselors can recognize and respond to clients who report sexual patterns that may be compulsive.

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