British researchers evaluating an educational effort to reduce risky sexual behavior in gay men unexpectedly found that men who participated in a safe sex workshop were more likely to acquire a new sexually transmitted disease (STD) during the 12-month follow-up than were men in the control group.
In the study, published in the June 16 issue of BMJ, 343 gay men who had an acute non-HIV STD or who reported recent unprotected anal intercourse had a 20-minute private counseling session on safer sex practices. About half the men (the intervention group) also took part in a 1-day workshop.
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